Copyright © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
A Letter From The Editor-in-Chief
Fuel-cell technology is presently undergoing an exciting phase of development. It is at the cutting edge of a revolution in the energy conversion in stationary power plants, in powering road vehicles, and in portable electrical devices. The current situation is characterized by huge industrial investments in, and high political expectations for, fuel cells as the potential key energy technology of the 21st century. Fuel cells are expected to reduce both fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emission considerably within one generation.
This situation requires a close cooperation between various disciplines from fundamental research to applied engineering. This aspect of interaction instead of independence has become a reality in contemporary research and development - but it is not yet mirrored in the landscape of scientific, not magazine-type, journals. Until now, information on materials, stack technology and system approaches has been rather dispersed over a number of traditional journals, which are dedicated to classical disciplines such as electrochemistry, materials science or engineering. So they provide many small windows which allow only limited views on special aspects. Here Fuel Cells - From Fundamentals to Systems steps in and reveals the entire vista for interdisciplinary scientific work and discussion of all aspects of fuel cell systems.
Time is money - and Fuel Cells - From Fundamentals to Systems will provide quick access with the shortest publication times possible to the latest scientific and technical information in one source. To achieve this goal, we convinced a board of excellent editors to join us. It represents all important disciplines and is well-balanced between fundamental science and industrial development in the fuel cell area: four editors are academic researchers and four are experts from globally leading industrial companies. This will ensure up-to-date information and a high standard of contributions.
Let us together open the window for a complete view on fuel-cell technology. I am sure that you will share our excitement about this new venture that will serve the growing need for all information in one source. Fuel Cells - From Fundamentals to Systems will greatly intensify the exchange between chemists, physicists, material scientists, and chemical, electrical and mechanical engineers who are contributing to a technology that may change our daily life very soon.
With best wishes
Technische Universität München