Membranes for direct methanol fuel cells

Bradley P. Ladewig, Benjamin M. Asquith, Jochen Meier-Haack

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This chapter reviews the current state of the art in membranes for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs), with a particular focus on research developments (as opposed to commercial products, of which there are few). The focus is exclusively on membranes; however, given the tight integration that is necessary between membranes and the adjacent fuel/oxidant distribution layers, catalysts, and support materials, there is some mention of these materials as they must necessarily be compatible with the selected membrane. Given the difficulty in finding reliable cost data for most of the membrane materials, a review of the cost-effectiveness of the membranes is not attempted, although for similar cation exchange membranes at least a cursory attempt at cost-effectiveness can be derived from the cost of the membrane precursors and solvents used in the synthesis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaterials for Low-Temperature Fuel Cells
EditorsBradley Ladewig, San P. Jiang, Yushan Yan
Place of PublicationWeinheim, Germany
PublisherWiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783527644322, 9783527644315
ISBN (Print)9783527330423
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015

Publication series

NameMaterials for Sustainable Energy and Development


  • Cation exchange membrane
  • Direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs)
  • Hydrophilic sulfonic acid
  • Perfluorosulfonic acid membranes

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