Water and Ion Transport in Anion Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells

  • Travis J. Omasta
  • William E. Mustain
Part of the Lecture Notes in Energy book series (LNEN, volume 63)


Much of the work on Anion Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (AEMFCs) in recent years has focused on the development of new catalysts and membranes. Though this work is important, it has overlooked mass transport in these systems, which is equally critical to achieving high performance. This chapter provides an overview of aspects related to AEMFC water management and carbonation upon exposure to carbon dioxide. managing both of these are needed in order to achieve high performing fuel cells.



The authors would like to thank Professor John Varcoe from the University of Surrey, Professor Mike Hickner at Penn State University, Dr. Bryan Pivovar from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Professor Dario Dekel from Technion and Dr. Kathy Ayers from Proton OnSite for the many enlightening discussions regarding the current state-of-the-art and needs of AEMs and AEMFCs that have formed the basis for this work. We would also like to thank Leonard Bonville at the University of Connecticut for helping us with the story and most relevant references for AFCs.


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  1. 1.Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering and ComputingUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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