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Anion-exchange membranes in electrochemical energy systems

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Keith Scott



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This article provides an up-to-date perspective on the use of anion-exchange membranes in fuel cells, electrolysers, redox flow batteries, reverse electrodialysis cells, and bioelectrochemical systems (e.g. microbial fuel cells). The aim is to highlight key concepts, misconceptions, the current state-of-the-art, technological and scientific limitations, and the future challenges (research priorities) related to the use of anion-exchange membranes in these energy technologies. All the references that the authors deemed relevant, and were available on the web by the manuscript submission date (30th April 2014), are included.

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Author(s): Varcoe JR, Atanassov P, Dekel DR, Herring AM, Hickner MA, Kohl PA, Kucernak AR, Mustain WE, Nijmeijer K, Scott K, Xu TW, Zhuang L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Energy & Environmental Science

Year: 2014

Volume: 7

Issue: 10

Pages: 3135-3191

Print publication date: 01/10/2014

Online publication date: 04/08/2014

Acceptance date: 04/08/2014

Date deposited: 01/12/2014

ISSN (print): 1754-5692

ISSN (electronic): 1754-5706

Publisher: RSC Publications


DOI: 10.1039/c4ee01303d


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Royal Society of Chemistry publishing
Solartron Analytical UK (Ametek)
University of Surrey's Institute of Advanced Studies
Alvatek Ltd. (UK)
Caltest Instruments Ltd. (UK)
EP/H019480/1UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
EP/H025340/1UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
EP/I004882/1UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
EP/J016454/1Research Council UK's Energy Programme's Supergen Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research Hub (EPSRC)
W911NF-10-1-0520US Army Research Office from a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)