Modeling of membrane fatigue in fuel cells

Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells are a clean source of energy and a promising candidate for replacing internal combustion engines in automotive applications. However, the commercial use of fuel cells in such applications faces significant challenges on cost and durability. This project aims to address the concerns around fuel cell durability with a focus on the degradation of the polymer electrolyte membrane, a key component of the fuel cell. Specifically, the aim is to develop a deep understanding of how the typical fuel cell in-situ conditions, such as temperature, relative humidity, and cell voltage govern the chemical and mechanical degradation of composite fuel cell membranes.

Mohsen Mazrouei Sebdani
Faculty Supervisor: 
Erik Kjeang
British Columbia
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