Fuel Cell Science: Theory, Fundamentals, and Biocatalysis

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Andrzej Wieckowski, Jens Norskov
John Wiley & Sons, Feb 14, 2011 - Technology & Engineering - 640 pages

A comprehensive survey of theoretical andexperimental concepts in fuel cell chemistry

Fuel cell science is undergoing significant development, thanks, in part, to a spectacular evolution of the electrocatalysis concepts, and both new theoretical and experimental methods. Responding to the need for a definitive guide to the field, Fuel Cell Science provides an up-to-date, comprehensive compendium of both theoretical and experimental aspects of the field.

Designed to inspire scientists to think about the future of fuel cell technology, Fuel Cell Science addresses the emerging field of bio-electrocatalysis and the theory of heterogeneous reactions in fuel cell science and proposes potential applications for electrochemical energy production. The book is thorough in its coverage of the electron transfer process and structure of the electric double layer, as well as the development of operando measurements. Among other subjects, chapters describe:

  • Recently developed strategies for the design, preparation, and characterization of catalytic materials for fuel cell electrodes, especially for new fuel cell cathodes

  • A wide spectrum of theoretical and computational methods, with?the aim of?developing?new fuel cell catalysis concepts and improving existing designs to increase their performance.?

Edited by two leading faculty, the book:

  • Addresses the emerging fields of bio-electrocatalysis for fuel cells and theory of heterogeneous reactions for use in fuel cell catalysis

  • Provides a survey of experimental and theoretical concepts in these new fields

  • Shows the evolution of electrocatalysis concepts

  • Describes the chemical physics of fuel cell reactions

  • Forecasts future developments in electrochemical energy production and conversion

Written for electrochemists and electrochemistry graduate students, electrocatalysis researchers, surface and physical chemists, chemical engineers, automotive engineers, and fuel cell and energy-related researchers, this modern compendium can help today's best minds meet the challenges in fuel science technology.

 

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Contents

Comparison of Electrocatalysis and Bioelectrocatalysis
71
Design of PalladiumBased Alloy Electrocatalysts
111
Mechanism of an Enhanced Oxygen Reduction Reaction
147
Biocathodes for Dioxygen Reduction in Biofuel Cells
169
Improving
215
Benchmarks for Electrocatalysts
237
Approach to Microbial Fuel Cells and Their Applications
257
Fuel Cells with Neat ProtonConducting Salt Electrolytes
371
Ab Initio Electrochemical Properties of Electrode Surfaces
415
Electronic Structure and Reactivity of Transition Metal Complexes
433
Quantitative Description of Electron Transfer Reactions
457
Understanding Electrocatalysts for LowTemperature Fuel Cells
489
Past Present and Future
511
Operando XRay Absorption Spectroscopy of Polymer
545
New Concepts in the Chemistry and Engineering
565
Index
611

Vibrational Spectroscopy for the Characterization
395

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About the author (2011)

Andrzej Wieckowski is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Wieckowski pioneered the development of the method now known as Electrochemical NMR (EC-NMR) that combines metal/surface NMR and electrochemistry for studies of interfaces.

Jens K. NÝrskov is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Photon Science, Stanford University, and Director of the Center for Interface Science and Catalysis at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. His research interests include the theoretical description of surfaces, catalysis, electrochemistry, materials, nanostructures, and biomolecules.

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