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Reference Number EP/M014045/1
Title Electrodes by Design - Microstructural Engineering of High Performance Electrodes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Status Completed
Energy Categories Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Fuel Cells, Stationary applications) 50%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Fuel Cells, Mobile applications) 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 40%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 30%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 30%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor NP (Nigel ) Brandon
No email address given
Earth Science and Engineering
Imperial College London
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 May 2015
End Date 31 October 2018
Duration 42 months
Total Grant Value £1,247,365
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region London
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor NP (Nigel ) Brandon , Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London (99.995%)
  Other Investigator Professor A Atkinson , Materials, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr K Li , Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr J Darr , Chemistry, University College London (0.001%)
Dr D Brett , Chemical Engineering, University College London (0.001%)
Dr P Shearing , Chemical Engineering, University College London (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Ceres Power Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Carl Zeiss Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , AFC Energy (0.000%)
Project Contact , Praxair Inc., USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Rolls-Royce PLC (0.000%)
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Abstract 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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