Fuel cell materials and components

G. Jeffrey Snyder*, Sossina M. Haile

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations


Fuel cells offer the possibility of zero-emissions electricity generation and increased energy security. We review here the current status of solid oxide (SOFC) and polymer electrolyte membrane (PEMFC) fuel cells. Such solid electrolyte systems obviate the need to contain corrosive liquids and are thus preferred by many developers over alkali, phosphoric acid or molten carbonate fuel cells. Dramatic improvements in power densities have been achieved in both SOFC and PEMFC systems through reduction of the electrolyte thickness and architectural control of the composite electrodes. Current efforts are aimed at reducing SOFC costs by lowering operating temperatures to 500-800°C, and reducing PEMFC system complexity by developing 'water-free' membranes which can also be operated temperatures slightly above 100°C.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvanced Materials for Energy Conversion II
EditorsD. Chandra, R.G. Bautista, L. Schlabach
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2004
EventAdvanced Materials for Energy Conversion II - Charlotte, NC., United States
Duration: Mar 14 2004Mar 18 2004

Publication series

NameAdvanced Materials for Energy Conversion II


OtherAdvanced Materials for Energy Conversion II
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCharlotte, NC.


  • Fuel Cells
  • Ionic Conductors
  • Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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