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Principles of MEA preparation

Fuel Cell Technology and Applications

Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells and systems (PEMFC)

Membrane-electrode-assembly (MEA)

  1. S. S. Kocha

Published Online: 15 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470974001.f303047

Handbook of Fuel Cells

Handbook of Fuel Cells

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Kocha, S. S. 2010. Principles of MEA preparation. Handbook of Fuel Cells. .

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  1. International Fuel Cells, South Windsor, CT, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2010


A brief history of the evolution of the fuel cell electrode, emphasizing the technological developments that have lead to the contemporary polymer electrolyte membrane electrode assembly (MEA). This is followed by a discussion of the requirements, functions and properties of individual components and processes by which they are fabricated into MEAs. Lastly, basic in situ electrochemical techniques that may be applied as diagnostic tools to understand and advance the performance of MEA technology are reviewed.


  • proton exchange membrane fuel cells;
  • membrane electrode assembly;
  • membrane;
  • catalyst;
  • history;
  • diagnostics