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Electrochemical Water Electrolysis
Fundamentals and Technologies

ISBN 9781138329324
Published April 20, 2020 by CRC Press
254 Pages 69 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book comprehensively describes the fundamentals of electrochemical water electrolysis as well as the latest materials and technological developments. It addresses a variety of topics such as electrochemical processes, materials, components, assembly and manufacturing, and degradation mechanisms, as well as challenges and strategies. It also includes an understanding of how materials and technologies for electrochemical water electrolysis have developed in recent years, and it describes the progress in improving performance and providing benefits to energy systems and applications.

  • Features the most recent advances in electrochemical water electrolysis to produce hydrogen
  • Discusses cutting-edge materials and technologies for electrochemical water electrolysis
  • Includes both experimental and theoretical approaches that can be used to guide and promote materials as well as technological development for electrochemical water electrolysis
  • Comprises work from international leading scientists active in electrochemical energy and environmental research and development
  • Provides invaluable information that will benefit readers from both academia and industry

With contributions from researchers at the top of their fields, the book includes in-depth discussions covering the engineering of components and applied devices, making this an essential read for scientists and engineers working in the development of electrochemical energy devices and related disciplines.

Table of Contents

1. Fundamentals of Water Electrolysis. 2. Alkaline Liquid Electrolyte Water Electrolysis. 3. Proton Exchange Membrane Water Electrolysis. 4. Anion Exchange Membrane Water Electrolysis. 5. Solid Oxide Water Electrolysis. 6. Photoelectrochemical Water Electrolysis.

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Lei Zhang

Energy, Mining & Environment, National Research Council of Canada, Vancouver, Canada

 Lei Zhang is a Senior Research Officer at National Research Council Canada (NRC) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). Lei received her first Master’s degree in Materials Chemistry (1993) from Wuhan University (China) and her second Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry (2000) from Simon Fraser University (Canada). Following her second Master’s degree, Lei was appointed as a principle investigator at Molecular Membrane Technologies Inc., Vancouver (2001-2004). In 2004, Lei joined NRC to help initiate the PEM Fuel Cell program. Lei’s main research interests include advanced materials and electrochemical energy technologies in the area of PEM Fuel Cell electrocatalysis, supercapacitors and batteries. She has co-authored more than 200 publications with citations > 17,500. Lei is the member of the NSERC Industrial R&D Fellowships College of Reviewers, the Editorial Board Member of Electrochemical Energy Reviews (EER) -Springer Nature, the Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Nanoparticles & Nanotechnology and the Editorial Board Member of Current Mechanics and Advanced Materials. She is an active member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC), and the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE).


Hongbin Zhao

College of Sciences & Institute for sustainable Energy, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China

Zhao Hongbin

Full Professor

Ph.D. supervisor

Professor Hongbin Zhao received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 2009. Then he engaged in postdoctoral research at Shanghai University from 2009 to 2011. As visiting scholar, he visited the University of Waterloo in Canada from 2014 to 2015. He is a full professor in Shanghai University since 2018.

He focuses on the research and development of fuel cell catalysts, membrane electrode assemble and engine systems, the application of hydrogen production from water electrolysis, and lithium ion battery cathodes and new electrochemical energy storage and converter. At present, he focused on the special new energy vehicle project funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MSTC), developing the proton exchange membrane fuel cell stack and system integration used for logistics vehicle, mini-car and bus power supply system. He is a Member of the Chinese Chemical Society. He is an author and coauthor of over 110 pape with citations of over 1,400 times and H-index of 22. He presided over 11 research projects and 2 horizontal cooperation projects. As a deputy editor, he has published 2 books and 2 chapters on Springer Nature. He is a reviewer of important chemical and material journals such as Adv. Mater., Adv. Fun. Mater., Nano Energy, J. Mater. Chem A. He is project evaluation expert of MSTC and the Shanghai Science and Technology Commission. He was funded by Shanghai Pujiang talent project.



David P. Wilkinson

Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada


Dr. David Pentreath Wilkinson is a Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. Dr. Wilkinson’s main research interests are in electrochemical and photochemical devices, energy conversion and storage materials, and processes to create clean and sustainable energy and water. He has more than 80 issued patents and 210 refereed journal articles, a co-authored book, and a number of edited books and book chapters, covering innovative research in these fields. He has received a number of awards for his work, and he is a fellow of several organizations including the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Chemical Institute of Canada, and the Royal Society of Canada

Dr. Wilkinson received his B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from UBC in 1978, his Professional Engineering status in 1980, and his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Ottawa in 1987, where his graduate work was done with Professor Brian Conway in electrochemistry. Prior to joining the university in 2004 Dr. Wilkinson had more than 20 years of industrial experience in the areas of fuel cells and advanced lithium batteries. He has held a variety of leadership positions including being Associate Department Head, Executive Director of the UBC Clean Energy Research Center, Principal Research Officer and Senior Advisor with the National Research Council of Canada in Vancouver, Director and Vice President of Research and Development at Ballard Power Systems, and Section Leader for Chemistry at Moli Energy (now E-One Moli Energy). Dr. Wilkinson was an important part of the team that developed the first commercial rechargeable Lithium AA battery, and he is considered a pioneer in the development of the modern commercial PEM fuel cell. He is a co-founder and technical advisor for Mangrove Water Technologies, a company which was spun out from his research program with his graduate students Dr. Wilkinson is a board member of several organizations and is a regular keynote or plenary speaker at international conferences.


Xueliang Sun

Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Western University, London, Canada


Dr. Andy (Xueliang) Sun is a Full Professor and senior Canada Research Chair (Tier I) for the development of nanomaterials for clean energy, at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Dr. Sun is a Fellow of Royal Society of Canada and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Dr. Sun received his Ph.D degree in Materials Chemistry at the University of Manchester, UK, in 1999. Then, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the University of British Columbia, Canada, during 1999-2001. He was a Research Associate at the National Institut de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Quebec, Canada, during 2001-2004. Dr. Sun’s research is focused on advanced materials for energy conversion and storage including Li batteries and fuel cells. Dr. Sun is an author and co-author of over 430 refereed-journals (e.g. Nature Energy, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem., Nano Letter, Energy & Environmental Science) with citations of over 24,000 times and H-index of 80. Dr. Sun was named as one of "Highly Cited Researchers" in 2018 and 2019. He edited 3 books and published 17 book chapters as well as filed 22 US patents. He also serves as an Editor-in-Chief of "Electrochemical Energy Review" under Spring-Nature and an Associate Editor for Frontier of Energy Storage.




Jiujun Zhang

College of Sciences & Institute for sustainable Energy, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China


Dr. Jiujun Zhang is a Professor, Dean of the College of Sciences and Dean of Institute for Sustainable Energy at Shanghai University. He is a former Principal Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Fellow of Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC-CA), Fellow of International Society of Electrochemistry (FISE), Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC), Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC-UK), and the Founder/Chairman of The International Academy of Electrochemical Energy Science (IAOEES). In 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, Dr. Zhang was ranked as the top 1% of Highly Cited Researchers in the world, has also listed as one of the "3000 World's Most Influential Scientific Minds" by Thomson Reuters in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He was awarded the prize of "Lifetime Achievement" by the International Academy of Electrochemical Energy Science (IAOEES) in 2018. The technical expertise areas of Dr. Zhang are Electrochemistry, Photoelectrochemistry, Spectroelectrochemistry, Electrocatalysis, Fuel cells (PEMFC, SOFC, and DMFC), Batteries, and Supercapacitors. Dr. Zhang received his B.S. and M.Sc. in Electrochemistry from Peking University in 1982 and 1985, respectively, and his Ph.D. in Electrochemistry from Wuhan University in 1988. Starting in 1990, he carried out three terms of postdoctoral research at the California Institute of Technology, York University, and the University of British Columbia. Dr. Zhang holds more than 14 adjunct professorships, including one at the University of Waterloo, one at the University of British Columbia and one at Peking University. Up to now, Dr. Zhang has more than 500 publications with approximately 39000 citations, including 350 refereed journal papers, 25 edited /co-authored books, 43 book chapters, 190 conference plenary/keynote/invited oral presentations, as well as over 16 US/EU/WO/JP/CA patents, and produced in excess of 90 industrial technical reports. Dr. Zhang serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Electrochemical Energy Reviews (Springer Nature Journal), the Associate Editor of Green Energy Environment, and Editorial board member for several international journals as well as the Editor for book series (Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion, CRC press).