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Cellulose microfibrils as a pore former in electroless co-deposited anodes for solid oxide fuel cells.

Turnbull, Rob James; Shearer, Neil; Wilson, Callum


Rob James Turnbull


A study was conducted to investigate the feasibility of Cellulose Microfibrils (CMF) as a pore former in the manufacture of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) anodes using Electroless Co-Deposition (ECD). Previous work into the use of ECD to produce SOFC anodes has found that the lack of porosity has restricted the maximum power density of the cell. Cellulose Microfibrils’ unique combination of properties and morphologies should produce the required microstructure for SOFC’s electrodes. Cellulose Microfibrils were evaluated as a pore former by their inclusion (using various bath loadings) in the production of ECD anodes. The anodes produced were then evaluated using a Scanning Electron Microscope, Mercury Porosimetry and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy. The results showed that an anode produced with a 10 g/l of a 1% solution of CMF as pore former, improved the open circuit voltage, maximum power density by reducing the overall resistance of the cell.


Turnbull, R. J., Shearer, N., & Wilson, C. (2017). Cellulose microfibrils as a pore former in electroless co-deposited anodes for solid oxide fuel cells. ECS Transactions, 78(1), 1447-1456.

Journal Article Type Conference Paper
Conference Name 15th International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC-XV)
Start Date Jul 23, 2017
End Date Jul 28, 2017
Acceptance Date Apr 19, 2017
Online Publication Date Jul 14, 2017
Publication Date 2017
Deposit Date Aug 21, 2017
Publicly Available Date Aug 21, 2017
Journal ECS Transactions
Print ISSN 1938-5862
Electronic ISSN 1938-6737
Publisher Electrochemical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 78
Issue 1
Pages 1447-1456
ISBN 978-1-6233-457-5
Keywords General Engineering,
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