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Special Issue "Polymeric Materials for Electrical Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019.
Department of Applied Thermodynamics, Polytechnic University of Valencia, 46022 Valencia, Spain
Interests: Polymer electrolytes; Ionic-exchange membranes; Ionic conductivity; Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS); mixed-matrix membranes (MMMs); Membrane–electrode assembly (MEA); Protonic-Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Applications (PEMFC); Fuel Cell Performance; Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (DMFCs); Batteries; Supercapacitors; Composite membranes containing PEDOT; Polypyrrol; Graphene
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Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Valencia, 46100 Valencia, Spain
Interests: organic chemistry; polymer electrolytes; ionic liquids (ILs); ionic-exchange membranes; ionic conductivity; electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS); mixed-matrix membranes (MMMs); membrane–electrode assembly (MEA); protonic-exchange membrane fuel cell applications (PEMFC); fuel cell performance; direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs); batteries; supercapacitors; composite membranes containing PEDOT; polypyrrol; graphene
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Alternative methods to generate electricity with high efficiency, minimum production of greenhouse gases, and reduced reliance on fossil fuels need to be sought to sustain a growing society.
Batteries and fuel cells have been proposed as potential candidates for various applications, such as transportation, distributed power, and portable devices. This Special Issue discusses the development of polymer electrolyte membranes and new materials for electrical applications. Polymer electrolytes are promising materials for a wide variety of applications in electrochemical devices, such as rechargeable batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells, electrodes, and others. It is known that ionic diffusivity in polymeric membranes is closely related to their structural dynamics controlled by the large-amplitude structural rearrangement of polymer segments, the transition temperature, the rigidity and fragility of polymers. During the last years, the main line of research in this area has been focused on the design of polymers to overcome the limitations of the materials currently available for this type of application. The majority of studies have been looking for polymers with good mechanical properties, excellent chemical stability, and high conductivity. The strategies followed have been: the design of mixed-matrix membranes (MMMs) based on conductive polymers and the incorporation of nanofillers (zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs), the use of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs)), the increase of tortuosity and reduction of crossover, the use of nanofibers to improve the conductivity and mechanical properties, and the incorporation of ionic liquids (ILs) to increase the conductivity without the need to keep the polymer hydrated. In this Special Issue of Polymers, we wish to bring together works that can be a reference for the industry, for the present and future construction of devices using rechargeable batteries, supercapacitors, electrodes, catalysts, and fuel cells. This Special Issue is for researchers and technologists interested in all aspects of the science, technology, and applications of sources of electrochemical power. It will feature original research papers and reviews about materials science, with applications linked to batteries, supercapacitors, proton-exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) working at moderate and high temperatures, alcohol fuel cells (AFCs), phosphoric acid fuel cells (PAFCs), solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), molten-carbonate fuel cells (MCFCs), microbial fuel cels (MFCs), and photo-electrochemical cells. Topics considered include the research, development, and applications of materials and novel components for these devices.
We invite scientists working in the area of polymeric materials to contribute to this Special Issue, through work related to: membranes, polymeric material selection, and catalysts design (membranes, anode, cathode, electrolytes, interconnections, sealants).
Electrochemical materials and mechanical characterization and properties;
Stack configuration and design;
Transport (proton, electron, mass transport);
Reliability and degradation;
Application of proton-exchange membrane fuel cells, alcohol fuel cells, and microbiale fuel cells;
Prof. Dr. Vicente Compañ Moreno
Dr. Jorge Escorihuela Fuentes
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Polymers is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.