Proton exchange membranes for fuel cells

V. Arcella, L. Merlo and A. Ghielmi,     Solvay Solexis S.p.A., Italy


This chapter deals with proton exchange membranes (PEM) for fuel cells (FC). Starting with the requirements that a PEM should ideally satisfy, it describes currently employed membrane materials, designs and fabrication processes. It also addresses the issues related to the operation of a PEM in a FC and the methods employed to assess performance and degradation. These aspects are complemented by a short introductory section on fuel cell basics and two sections in which applications and advantages/ limitations of PEM FCs are discussed. The chapter ends by indicating possible future trends in PEM research and citing comprehensive ...

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