A well-designed fuel cell that gives good performance, while being durable and relatively inexpensive, involves the careful consideration of several aspects. In this project, the focus is on the MEA, or the membrane electrode assembly, and the improvements that can be made to the design and fabrication of the MEA. A theoretical model of MEA performance was considered in order to develop an understanding of the key aspects affecting it. Further, a literature review was done to gain an experimental understanding of the various factors involved in the fabrication and performance of the MEA. With this background, as well as from experimental observations, the process for fabricating high performance MEAs was considered and an effort made to fabricate MEA with superior performance.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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