Acta Phys. -Chim. Sin. ›› 2016, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (8): 1859-1865.doi: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB201606022

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Perspectives on the Research Progress of Bipolar Interfacial Polyelectrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell

Shan-Fu LU1,Si-Kan PENG1,2,Yan XIANG1,*()   

  1. 1 Beijing Key Laboratory of Bio-inspired Energy Materials and Devices, School of Space and Environment, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, P. R. China
    2 Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials, Beijing 100095, P. R. China
  • Received:2016-04-05 Published:2016-07-29
  • Contact: Yan XIANG
  • Supported by:
    The project was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China(U1137602);The project was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China(51422301);National Science Foundation of Beijing, China(2132051);National High-Tech Research and Development Program of China (863)(2013AA031902)


Bipolar interfacial polyelectrolyte membrane fuel cells (BPFCs) are novel devices based on an acidicalkaline bipolar reaction interface. As a result of this innovative bipolar membrane electrode assembly (MEA), BPFCs exhibit outstanding advantages but also present new challenges with regard to the interface. Significant progress has been achieved in BPFCs research in recent years, with the development of key materials and interface technologies. This monograph summarizes the recent advances in MEA technology, including structures, rate-limiting reaction interfaces, water transport mechanisms, and the application of metals other than platinum. These developments in both fundamental theory and primary technologies have established a good foundation for the future research and development of such devices.

Key words: Bipolar interface, Smart water management, Non-platinum catalyst, Polyelectrolyte membrane fuel cell