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Handbook of Fuel Cells: Advances in Electrocatalysis, Materials, Diagnostics and Durability, Volumes 5 & 6

Wolf Vielstich (Editor), Hubert A. Gasteiger (Editor), Harumi Yokokawa (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-72311-1
1090 pages
April 2009
Handbook of Fuel Cells: Advances in Electrocatalysis, Materials, Diagnostics and Durability, Volumes 5 & 6 (0470723114) cover image


A timely addition to the highly acclaimed four-volume handbook set; volumes 5 and 6 highlight recent developments, particularly in the fields of new materials, molecular modeling and durability.

Since the publication of the first four volumes of the Handbook of Fuel Cells in 2003, the focus of fuel cell research and development has shifted from optimizing fuel cell performance with well-known materials to developing new materials concepts, and to understanding the origins of materials and fuel cell degradation. This new two-volume set provides an authoritative and timely guide to these recent developments in fuel cell research.

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Table of Contents

Contributors to Volume 5 and 6.



Abbreviations and Acronyms.


Novel Catalysts.

1. Platinum monolayer oxygen reduction electrocatalysts (R. R. Adzic and F. H. B. Lima).

2. Oxygen reduction on platinum bimetallic alloy catalysts (V. R. Stamenkovic and N. M. Markovic).

3. Dealloyed Pt bimetallic electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction (P. Strasser).

4. Transition metal/polymer catalysts for O2 reduction (C. M. Johnston, P. Piela, and P. Zelenay).

5. Time to move beyond transition metal-N-C catalysts for oxygen reduction (A. Garsuch, A. Bonakdarpour, G. Liu, R. Yang, and J. R. Dahn).

6. Catalysts for the electro-oxidation of small molecules (M. Watanabe and H. Uchida).

7. Influence of size on the electrocatalytic activities of supported.

metal nanoparticles in fuel cell-related reactions (Frédéric Maillard, Sergey Pronkin, and Elena R. Savinova).

8. Enzyme catalysis in biological fuel cells (Scott Calabrese Barton).

Fundamental Catalysis Models.

9. Density functional theory applied to electrocatalysis (S. Venkatachalam, and T. Jacob).

10. First-principles modeling for the electrooxidation of small.

molecules (M. Neurock).

11. On the pathways of methanol and ethanol oxidation (W. Vielstich, V. A. Paganin, O. Brandao Alves, and E. G. Ciapina).

12. Reaction pathway analysis and reaction intermediate detection.

via simultaneous differential electrochemical mass spectrometry.

(DEMS) and attenuated total reflection fourier transform.

infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIRS) (M. Heinen, Z. Jusys, and R. J. Behm).

13. Methanol oxidation on oxidized Pt surface (H. Varela, E. Sitta, and B. C. Batista).

14. Mechanistic aspects of carbon monoxide oxidation (T. Iwasita and E. G. Ciapina).

Catalyst Durability.

15. Platinum dissolution models and voltage cycling effects: platinum dissolution in polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC) and low-temperature fuel cells (K. Ota and Y. Koizumi).

16. Catalyst and catalyst-support durability (F. T. Wagner, S. G. Yan, and P. T. Yu).

17. Effects of contaminants on catalyst activity (F. H. Garzon and F. A. Uribe).


Novel Materials.

18. Design rules for the improvement of the performance of hydrocarbon-based membranes for proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) (M. Gross, G. Maier, T. Fuller, S. MacKinnon and C. Gittleman).

19. High-temperature polybenzimidazole-based membranes (D. C. Seel, B. C. Benicewicz, L. Xiao, and T. J. Schmidt).

20. Radiation-grafted proton conducting membranes (L. Gubler and G. G. Scherer).

21. Alkaline anion-exchange membranes for low-temperature fuel cell application (J. R. Varcoe, S. D. Poynton, and R. C. T. Slade).


22. Colloidal structure of ionomer solutions (G. Gebel).

23. Conductivity, permeability, and ohmic shorting of ionomeric membranes (C. K. Mittelsteadt and H. Liu).

Membrane Durability.

24. Highly durable PFSA membranes (E. Endoh).

25. Factors influencing ionomer degradation (M. Inaba and H. Yamada).

26. Chemical and mechanical membrane degradation (W. K. Liu, S. J. C. Cleghorn, B. E. Delaney, and M. Crum).

27. Mechanical durability characterization and modeling of ionomeric membranes (Y. H. Lai and D. A. Dillard).


Fundamental Models.

28. Mechanistic understanding and electrochemical modeling of mixed conducting (SOFC) electrodes (R. Merkle, J. Maier, and J. Fleig).

29. Elementary kinetic modeling of solid oxide fuel cell electrode reactions (S. B. Adler and W. G. Bessler).

30. Mechanical stability (A. Atkinson and A. J. Marquis).

Novel Materials.

31. Factors limiting the low-temperature operation of SOFCs (J. David Carter, T. A. Cruse, B. J. Ingram, and M. Krumpelt).

32. New oxide cathodes and anodes (J. A. Kilner and J. T. S. Irvine).

33. New high-temperature proton conductors for fuel cells and gas separation membranes (R. Haugsrud).

34. Nanoimpact on electrode and electrolyte layers with Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) technique (Y. D. Premchand, A. Bieberle-Hütter, H. Galinski, J. L. M. Rupp, T. M. Ryll, B. Scherrer, R. Tölke, Z. Yang, A. Harvey, A. Evans, L. Xu, and L. J. Gauckler).

Materials Durability.

35. Durability of metallic interconnects and protective coatings (M. Mogensen and K. V. Hansen).

36. Impact of impurities and interface reaction on electrochemical activity (M. Mogensen and K. V. Hansen).

37. Application of secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) technique on the durability of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) materials (K. Yamaji, N. Sakai, H. Kishimoto, T. Horita, M. E. Brito and H. Yokokawa).

38. Durability of cathodes including Cr poisoning (N. H. Menzler, A. Mai, and D. Stöver).

39. Durable sealing concepts with glass sealants or compression seals (H. P. Buchkremer and R. Conradt).


Low-Temperature Fuel Cells.

40. Direct three-dimensional visualization and morphological analysis of Pt particles supported on carbon by transmission electron microtomography (T. Ito, U. Matsuwaki, Y. Otsuka, G. Katagiri, M. Kato, K. Matsubara, Y. Aoyama, and H. Jinnai).

41. Design approaches for determining local current and membrane resistance in polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs) (S. A. Freunberger, M. Reum, and F. N. B?uchi).

42. Heat and water transport models for polymer electrolyte fuel cells (U. Pasaogullari).

43. Proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) down-the-channel performance model (W. Gu, D. R. Baker, Y. Liu, and H. A. Gasteiger).

44. Use of neutron imaging for proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) performance analysis and design (T. A. Trabold, J. P. Owejan, J. J. Gagliardo, D. L. Jacobson, D. S. Hussey, and M. Arif).

45. Local transient techniques in polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC) diagnostics (I. A. Schneider and G. G. Scherer).

46. Proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) flow-field design for improved water management (J. S. Allen, S. Y. Son, S. H. Collicott).

47. Performance during start-up of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells at subfreezing conditions (E. L. Thompson, W. Gu, and H. A. Gasteiger).

48. Performance impact of cationic contaminants (B. S. Pivovar, B. Kienitz, T. Rockward, F. Uribe, and F. Garzon).

49. Modeling the impact of cation contamination in a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (T. A. Greszler, T. E. Moylan, and H. A. Gasteiger).

50. Performance modeling and cell design for high concentration methanol fuel cells (C. E. Shaffer and C. Y. Wang).

51. Design concepts and durability challenges for mini fuel cells (Shimshon Gottesfeld).

High-Temperature Fuel Cells.

52. New diagnostic methods for the polarized state (T. Kawada).

53. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy as diagnostic tool (S. H. Jensen, J. Hjelm, A. Hagen, and M. Mogensen).

54. Observation and modeling of thermal stresses in cells and cell stacks (H. Yakabe).


Low-Temperature Fuel Cells.

55. Carbon-support corrosion mechanisms and models (K. G. Gallagher, R. M. Darling, and T. F. Fuller).

56. Electrode degradation mechanisms studies by current distribution measurements (R. N. Carter, W. Gu, B. Brady, P. T. Yu, K. Subramanian, and H. A. Gasteiger).

57. Electron microscopy to study membrane electrode assembly (MEA) materials and structure degradation (M. Chatenet, L. Guetaz, and F. Maillard).

58. Proton exchange membrane fuel cell degradation: mechanisms and recent progress (T. Madden, M. Perry, L. Protsailo, M. Gummalla, S. Burlatsky, N. Cipollini, S. Motupally, and T. Jarvi).

59. Cold-start durability of membrane-electrode assemblies (C. Y. Wang, X. G. Yang, Y. Tabuchi, and F. Kagami).

60. Field experience with fuel cell vehicles (K. Wipke, S. Sprik, J. Kurtz, and J. Garbak).

61. Membrane and catalyst performance targets for automotive fuel cells (A. Iiyama, K. Shinohara, S. Iguchi, and A. Daimaru).

62. Field experience with portable DMFC products (J. Müller).

High-Temperature Fuel Cells.

63. Overview of solid oxide fuel cell degradation (H. Yokokawa).

64. Methane reforming kinetics, carbon deposition, and redox durability of Ni/8 yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) anodes (E. Ivers-Tiffée, H. Timmermann, A. Leonide, N. H. Menzler, and J. Malzbender).

65. Sulfur poisoning on Ni catalyst and anodes (J. Bǿgild Hansen and J. Rostrup-Nielsen).

66. Ni shorting in relation to acid-base equilibrium of molten carbonate for molten cabonate fuel cell (MCFC) application (S. Mitsushima).

67. Impact of impurities on reliability of materials in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stack/modules (H. Yokokawa, N. Sakai, T. Horita, and K. Yamaji).

68. Field experience with molten carbonate fuel cells (MCFCs) and solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) with an emphasis on degradation (H. Frey, A. Kessler, W. Münch, M. Edel and V. Nerlich).

Subject Index.

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Author Information

Wolf Vielstich started research work on Fuel Fells and Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis at Ruhrchemie / Oberhausen. Working in the field of Fundamental and Applied Electrochemistry at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of Bonn University, he completed his Habilitation in Physical Chemistry in 1962. From 1965 he was a professor and director at the Bonn Institute. His special interest was new experimental methods like Rotating Ring Electrodes, online MS, Insitu IR and UHV-analysis of electrode surfaces, as well as to Batteries and Fuel Cells. His work in Electrochemistry has resulted in more than 250 publications, over 10 patents, books on Fuel Cells and Electrochemical Kinetics, and textbooks on Electrochemistry. From 1986 to 1993, Professor Vielstich was co-ordinator of the first European project on the DMFC and in 1998 he received the Faraday Medal of the Royal Chemical Society, UK.

Hubert A. Gasteiger received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993, studying the electrocatalysis of methanol oxidation. After 9 years of academic research on fundamental electrocatalysis and heterogeneous gas-phase catalysis, he worked for 10 years in industrial R&D groups. From 1998 to 2007, Dr. Gasteiger was involved in the stack component design for GM/Opel’s H2-powered fuel cell vehicles, leading an R&D group in MEA development and diagnostics at GM/Opel’s Fuel Cell Activities program in Honeoye Falls, New York, where he was promoted to Technical Fellow in 2004. In 2007 he joined Acta S.p.A., Italy, as Director of Catalyst Technology, developing catalysts and electrodes for alkaline (membrane) fuel cells. In January 2009 he took an assignment as Visiting Professor at the Electrochemical Energy Lab in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at MIT.

He served as Co‑Editor-In-Chief for Wiley’s Handbook of Fuel Cells – Fundamentals, Technology, and Applications (2003), and published 60 papers in refereed journals and 12 book chapters.  In 2004, he received the Klaus-Jürgen Vetter Award for Electrochemical Kinetics from the International Society of Electrochemi

Harumi Yokokawa

1972 - Graduated from Nuclear Engineering department, University of Tokyo
1977 - Graduated from Doctor course of University of Tokyo
Title of Doctoral work "Calorimetric Investigation of Uranium Compounds"
1977 - Join to National Chemical Laboratory for Industry, Agency for Industrial Science and Technology, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)
1978–1980 - Research Associated in James Franck Institute, University of Chicago
1982 - Senior researcher, National Chemical Laboratory for Industry
1993 - National Institute of Materials and Chemical Research, AIST, MITI
2001 - National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology


1989 - Award by Japan Information Center for Science and Technology on "Construction of Thermodynamic database and its advanced utilization"
2001 - Award by Minister of Science and Technology Agency on "Construction of Thermodynamic database and its applications to energy related materials."
2002 - Outstanding Achievement Awards from the High Temperature Materials Divsion, The Electrochemical Society, Inc., "In recognition of his contributions to the practical applications of thermochemistry to high temperature materials research and technology, especially in the area of solid oxide fuel cells."

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