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The Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering

Research Highlight: Su Ha

Catalysis & Kinetics

It Works With Liquid Fuels

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WSU researchers developed a MoO2-based anode with an interconnecting network of pores and exhibiting both excellent ion and electron transfer, which was successfully operated in a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) by directly feeding a jet-A fuel surrogate (Dr. Su Ha)

A MoO2-based anode with an interconnecting network of pores and exhibiting both excellent ion and electron transfer was successfully operated in a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) by directly feeding an n-dodecane fuel mixture (i.e., a jet-A fuel surrogate). This novel fuel cell generated an initial maximum power density > 3 W cm-2 at 750°C and maintained this high initial activity over 24 h with no coking. The addition of 500 ppm of sulfur into the fuel stream does not deactivate the cell. The ability of MoO2-based SOFC to directly operate with complex liquid fuels makes it as a promising energy converter to meet the increasing electrical power demand of our future airplane designs. (Research of Dr. Su Ha)

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