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Materials & Systems Research will develop a vacuum infiltration process for adding catalysts to solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathodes. The team will work to enhance SOFC performance through the infiltration of active nano-catalysts into cathode backbones, while leveraging well-established SOFC fabrication techniques for scaling-up a proof-of-concept demonstration. The infiltration apparatus and protocol will also be developed as part of the project work.


Diagram of the single-step VPIT technique, involving the precipitation of a nitrate solution into the porous cathode backbones (with engineered electrode morphology), followed by gelation at a proper rate, and decomposition.
Principal Investigator
Greg Tao
Project Benefits

The process will be validated in button cells, short stacks, and kilowatt-scale stack testing and will support manufacturing scale-up to meet cost goals. If successful, fuel cell performance and cost would be improved helping to commercialize a technology capable of generating electricity very efficiently with near-zero emissions.


Project ID
Materials & Systems Research Inc.