Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Technology presents the overall progress witnessed in the field of DMFC over the past decade, highlighting the components, materials, functions, properties and features, designs and configurations, operations, modelling, applications, pros and cons, social, political and market penetration, economics and future directions. The book discusses every single aspect of DMFC device technology, the associated advantages and drawbacks of state-of-the-art materials and design, market opportunities and commercialization aspects, and possible future directions of research and development. This book, containing critical analyses and opinions from experts around the world, will garner considerable interest among actual users/scientists/experts.
- Analyzes developments of membrane electrolytes, electrodes, catalysts, catalyst supports, bipolar plates, gas diffusion layers and flow channels as critical components of direct methanol fuel cells
- Includes modeling of direct methanol fuel cells to understand their scaling up potentials
- Discusses commercial aspects of direct methanol fuel cells in terms of market penetration, end application, cost, viability, reliability, social and commercial perception, drawbacks and prospects
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1. Introduction to Direct Methanol Fuel Cells 2. Nafion-based Cation Exchange Membranes for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells 3. Non-Nafion-based Cation Exchange Membranes for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells 4. Anion Exchange Membranes for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells 5. Electrodes for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells 6. Anode Catalyst Systems for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells 7. Cathode Catalyst Systems for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells 8. Membrane Electrode Assemblies in Direct Methanol Fuel Cells 9. Bipolar Plates for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells 10. Gas Diffusion Layers for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells 11. Flow Channel Designs for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells 12. Application of Microelectromechanical Systems Technology in Direct Methanol Fuel Cells 13. Mathematical Modeling Approaches in Direct Methanol Fuel Cells 14. Kinetics and Transport Phenomena in Direct Methanol Fuel Cells 15. Direct Methanol Fuel Cells in Portable Applications 16. Policies on Direct Methanol Fuel Cells 17. Commercialization Trends and Prospects of Direct Methanol Fuel Cells
Dr. Kingshuk Dutta is currently employed as a Junior Scientist in the Advanced Research School for Technology and Product Simulation of the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology, India. Prior to this appointment, he had worked as an Indo-U.S. Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cornell University, U.S.A. (2018) and as a National Postdoctoral Fellow at the Indian Institute of Technology - Kharagpur, India (2016-17), both funded by the Science and Engineering Research Board, Govt. of India. Earlier, as a Senior Research Fellow funded by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Govt. of India., he had carried out his doctoral study at the University of Calcutta, India (2013-16). He possesses degrees in both technology (B. Tech. and M. Tech.) and science (B. Sc.) all from University of Calcutta. He has also been a recipient of the prestigious Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) and National Scholarships, both from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India. His areas of research interest lie in the fields of fuel cells (including alcohol, bio/microbial and hydrogen fuel cells), water purification, polymer blends and composites, polymer recycling and polymer processing. Until date, he has contributed to 39 experimental and review papers in reputed international platforms, 12 book chapters and many national and international presentations. In addition, he has co-edited one book titled "Progress and Recent Trends in Microbial Fuel Cells published by Elsevier. He has also served as a peer reviewer for over 60 journal articles, conference papers, book chapters and research project proposals. He is a life member and an elected fellow of the Indian Chemical Society.