Call for Papers: Progress on Fuel Cell Technology: Materials and Components

A fuel cell, in general, is a battery-like energy generator that produces electricity through an electrochemical process and without involving combustion.

The main part of a fuel cell system is an electrolyte, which is sandwiched between the two conducting electrodes (anode and cathode). Fuel cells can be classified according to their operation temperatures, cell operating fuels and/or design features. Nevertheless the most common classification is based on the type of electrolyte as different kinds of ions can be conducted by different types of electrolytes. Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC), alkaline fuel cells (AFC), and phosphoric acid fuel cells (PAFC) are operated under a low temperature range. On the other hand, molten carbonate fuel cells (MCFC) and solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) are high temperature fuel cells.

Fuel cell is not a new technology, where its origin can be dated back to the 19th century. Up to now, there is still extensive research have been carried out on improving the performance of fuel cell, to make it as one of the most viable electricity generation technologies.

The purpose of this special issue is to publish high-quality research papers as well as review articles addressing recent advances on fuel cell technology especially on the use of membrane or film for the separation and reaction purposes. Original, high quality contributions that are not yet published or that are not currently under review by other journals or peer-reviewed conferences are sought.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Electrolyte and Electrodes Fabrication Process
  • Advanced Materials for Electrolyte and Electrodes of Fuel Cell
  • Characterization of Components in Fuel Cell
  • Membrane Technology for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (including Direct Methanol Fuel Cell and Microbial Fuel Cell)
  • Membrane Technology for Alkaline Fuel Cell
  • Membrane Technology for Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cell
  • Membrane Technology for Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell
  • Membrane Technology for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell
  • Membrane Technology for Hydrogen Production and Purification

Submission start date: 1 May, 2017

Submission deadline: 31 December, 2017

To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, it is important that you select the SI: Fuel cell when you reach the "Article Type" step in the submission process.

With kind regards,

Guest Editor:

Mohd Hafiz Dzarfan Othman (

Advanced Membrane Research Technology Center (AMTEC), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Co-Guest Editors:

Juhana Jaafar (

Mukhlis A Rahman (

Advanced Membrane Research Technology Center (AMTEC), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia


Note: Should you have any question regarding the online system or submission procedure/progress, please feel free to contact journal’s Managing Editor: Mohammad Mahdi A. Shirazi (