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EPSRC Reference: EP/M014045/1
Title: Electrodes by Design - Microstructural Engineering of High Performance Electrodes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Principal Investigator: Brandon, Professor NP
Other Investigators:
Atkinson, Professor A Darr, Professor J Li, Professor K
Brett, Professor D Shearing, Professor P
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
AFC Energy Ceres Power Ltd Praxair Inc
Rolls-Royce Plc Zeiss (Carl Zeiss AG)
Department: Earth Science and Engineering
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 May 2015 Ends: 31 October 2018 Value (£): 1,247,365
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Fuel Cell Technologies
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
03 Dec 2014 SUPERGEN Fuel Cells Challenge Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The electrode, and the electrolyte-electrode interface, plays a critical role in the performance of all cells. In Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) the microstructures of the porous composite anode and cathode are particularly critical as they determine the electrochemical, electrical, mechanical and transport properties of the electrode, and of current distribution to/from the electrode/electrolyte interface. Current state of the art SOFC electrodes rely on a largely empirical understanding to establish the electrode microstructure, and its influence on key performance characteristics, including long term durability. But recent work by the proposers has established a new suite of tools and techniques that offer the prospect of moving towards a design led approach to manufacture of improved electrodes, based on our ability to image, model, simulate and fabricate new electrode structures with controlled properties. This proposal seeks to develop and demonstrate this, further improving and validating our analysis and modelling tools, using these design optimum structures, fabricating these using three novel processing techniques established by the proposers, and then measuring device performance to feedback into the design process.
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