Direct Alcohol Fuel Cells

Materials, Performance, Durability and Applications

  • Horacio R. Corti
  • Ernesto R. Gonzalez

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Horacio R. Corti, Ernesto R. Gonzalez
    Pages 1-32
  3. Ernesto R. Gonzalez, Andressa Mota-Lima
    Pages 33-62
  4. O. Solorza-Feria, F. Javier Rodríguez Varela
    Pages 63-78
  5. Janaina Fernandes Gomes, Patricia Maria Patrizi Pratta, Germano Tremiliosi-Filho
    Pages 79-98
  6. Edson A. Ticianelli, Fabio H. B. Lima
    Pages 99-119
  7. Horacio R. Corti
    Pages 121-230
  8. Mariano M. Bruno, Federico A. Viva
    Pages 231-270
  9. Esteban A. Franceschini, Horacio R. Corti
    Pages 321-355
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 357-370

About this book


Direct Alcohol Fuel Cells: Materials, Performance, Durability and Applications begins with an introductory overview of direct alcohol fuel cells (DAFC); it focuses on the main goals and challenges in the areas of materials development, performance, and commercialization. The preparation and the properties of the anodic catalysts used for the oxidation of methanol, higher alcohols, and alcohol tolerant cathodes are then described. The membranes used as proton conductors in DAFC are examined, as well as alkaline membranes, focusing on the electrical conductivity and alcohol permeability.  The use of different kinds of carbon materials as catalyst supports, gas diffusion layers, and current collectors in DAFC is also discussed. State of the art of the modeling is used to estimate performance and durability. The closing chapter reviews the use of DAFC in portable equipment and mobile devices and features a detailed discussion on the mechanisms of component degradation which limits their durability.

This book is written to facilitate the understanding of DAFC technology, applications, and future challenges. It is an excellent introduction for electrochemical and material engineers interested in small fuel cells as portable energy sources, scientists focused on materials science for energy production and storage, as well as policy-makers in the area of renewable energies.


Clean energy conversion DAFC Fuel Cells Green energy Renewable energy

Editors and affiliations

  • Horacio R. Corti
    • 1
  • Ernesto R. Gonzalez
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Física de la Materia CondensadaCentro Atómico Constituyentes, CNEABuenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.USP São CarlosInstituto de Química de São CarlosSão PauloBrazil

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