Special Issue "Polymer Electrolyte Membranes for Fuel Cells, Water Electrolysis, Redox Flow Batteries, Electrodialysis, and CO2 Electroreduction"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Polymer Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Mrinmay Mandal
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School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta, GA, USA
Interests: ionomer; polymer membrane; bipolar membrane; electrocatalyst for fuel cells; water electrolysis; CO2 electroreduction; CO2 sequestration
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Prof. Dr. Chengji Zhao
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Alan G. MacDiarmid Institute, College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012, China
Interests: polymer membranes; anion exchange membranes; proton exchange membranes; ionomers; fuel cells; water electrolysis; humidity sensors; thermoset resins; epoxy resins

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are inviting submissions to a Special Issue of Polymers on the “Polymer Electrolyte Membranes for Fuel Cells, Water Electrolysis, Redox Flow Batteries, Electrodialysis, and CO2 Electroreduction”.

Rapid industrialization and population explosion are the main reasons for the current energy crisis and resources shortage. Fossil fuels such as natural gas, coal, and oil are our major sources of energy. The combustion of these fuels results in the emission of greenhouse gases, and threatens human health. Fuel cells are a promising clean energy technology because they are not limited by heat-engine thermodynamics and can operate at low temperature without combustion byproducts.

Hydrogen is considered as an alternate energy carrier to generate power for domestic, industrial, and transportation sectors. Hydrogen production by water electrolysis at low temperature is most promising because of the purity of produced hydrogen (˃99.9%) and its compatible nature with all electricity sources. Polyelectrolyte membranes, namely, anion exchange membranes (AEMs) and proton exchange membranes (PEMs), are a critical component of fuel cells, water electrolysis, redox flow batteries, electrodialysis, CO2 electroreduction, etc.

This Special Issue welcomes contributions focused on the Synthesis and Characterization of Polymer Electrolyte Membranes for electrochemical devices and CO2 electroreduction to produce value-added chemicals.

I look forward to considering your submissions.

Dr. Mrinmay Mandal
Prof. Dr. Chengji Zhao
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Proton exchange membranes
  • Anion exchange membranes
  • Bipolar membranes
  • Ionomers
  • Fuel cells
  • Water electrolysis
  • Redox flow batteries
  • Electrodialysis
  • CO2 electroreduction
  • PGM/non-PGM electrocatalysts
  • Membrane electrode assemblies
  • Durability

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Analysis of Fuel Cell Stack Performance Attenuation and Individual Cell Voltage Uniformity Based on the Durability Cycle Condition
Polymers 2021, 13(8), 1199; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13081199 - 08 Apr 2021
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Based on the dynamic cycle condition test of a 4.5 kW fuel cell stack, the performance attenuation and individual cell voltage uniformity of the proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) stack was evaluated synthetically. The performance decay period of the fuel cell stack [...] Read more.
Based on the dynamic cycle condition test of a 4.5 kW fuel cell stack, the performance attenuation and individual cell voltage uniformity of the proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) stack was evaluated synthetically. The performance decay period of the fuel cell stack was 180–600 h, the decrease of voltage and power was evaluated by rate and amplitude. The results show that the performance of the fuel cell stack decreased with the increase of test time and current density. When the test was carried out to 600 h, under rated operating conditions, the voltage attenuation rate was 130 μV/h, and the voltage reduced by 71 mV, with a decrease of 10.41%. The power attenuation rate was 0.8 W/h, with a decrease of 10.42%. The statistical parameter variation coefficient was used to characterize the voltage consistency of individual cells. It was found that the voltage uniformity is worse at the high current density point and with a long-running process. The variation coefficient was 3.1% in the worst performance. Full article
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