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Effects of Electrode Microstructure on Polarization Characteristics of SOFC Anodes

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Yusuke Sakamoto, Naoki Shikazono, Nobuhide Kasagi

University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Paper No. FuelCell2008-65079, pp. 185-190; 6 pages
  • ASME 2008 6th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • ASME 2008 6th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, June 16–18, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4318-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3822-6
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Anode microstructure parameters were quantified by SEM-EDX measurements and the dependence of polarization characteristics on the anode microstructure parameters is investigated experimentally. Nickel yttria-stabilized zirconia (Ni-YSZ) anode supported cells with a thin YSZ electrolyte, lanthanum-strontium-manganite (LSM)-YSZ composite cathode, and LSM cathode current collector layers were fabricated by dip coating method. Anode microstructure was successfully imaged and quantified by ultra low voltage SEM and by means of stereology. Cell voltage measurements and impedance spectroscopy were performed at 650 and 750°C with hydrogen diluted by nitrogen as a fuel. A quantitative relationship between measured polarization and microstructure parameters, e.g., three phase boundary length, contiguity, etc., was discussed. Finally, a cell with an anode functional layer (AFL) was fabricated to investigate the possibility of improving both activation and concentration polarization characteristics.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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