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Advances in the high performance polymer electrolyte membranes for fuel cells

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This critical review tersely and concisely reviews the recent development of the polymer electrolyte membranes and the relationship between their properties and affecting factors like operation temperature. In the first section, the advantages and shortcomings of the corresponding polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells are analyzed. Then, the limitations of Nafion membranes and their alternatives to large-scale commercial applications are discussed. Secondly, the concepts and approaches of the alternative proton exchange membranes for low temperature and high temperature fuel cells are described. The highlights of the current scientific achievements are given for various aspects of approaches. Thirdly, the progress of anion exchange membranes is presented. Finally, the perspectives of future trends on polymer electrolyte membranes for different applications are commented on (400 references).

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Submitted
27 Sep 2011
First published
05 Jan 2012

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012,41, 2382-2394
Article type
Critical Review

Advances in the high performance polymer electrolyte membranes for fuel cells

H. Zhang and P. K. Shen, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012, 41, 2382
DOI: 10.1039/C2CS15269J

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