An alkaline direct ethanol fuel cell with a cation exchange membrane

Liang An, T. S. Zhao

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A barrier that limits the performance of anion exchange membrane (AEM) direct ethanol fuel cells (DEFCs) is that state-of-the-art AEMs do not allow the fuel cell to operate at high temperatures (< 60°C). Here we describe an alkaline DEFC that employs a cation exchange membrane (CEM) and show that this type of CEM-DEFC can stably discharge with a high power density at an operating temperature as high as 90°C.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2213-2217
Number of pages5
JournalEnergy and Environmental Science
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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