Low-Cost Layered Structure for High Temperature Electrochemical Devices

APPLICATIONS OF TECHNOLOGY:

Solid oxide fuel cells Oxygen generators Electrochemical reactors

ADVANTAGES:

Offers less expensive manufacturing Displays excellent mechanical bonding between layers and a robust structure Expands the choice of electrode catalysts Applies to planar or tubular cells geometries
ABSTRACT:

Berkeley Lab researchers Mike Tucker, Grace Lau, and Craig Jacobson have invented a novel layered structure for preparing a high-operating temperature electrochemical cell. The structural support is porous metal, an unconventional approach which imparts strength, while use of the more expensive ceramic and cermet materials is confined to the thin active layers. Due to several unique processing techniques, a wider range of catalysts can be introduced into the structure than current methods allow. The Berkeley Lab process renders a robust, well-bonded electrochemical device that could be manufactured at significantly reduced cost.

Inventor(s): Mike Tucker, Grace Lau, and Craig Jacobson

Type of Offer: Licensing



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