New materials for improved durability and robustness in solid oxide fuel cell

Mark Cassidy, Dragos Neagu, Cristian Savaniu, Paul Boldrin

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This chapter provides an overview of the considerations that must be made regarding new materials development for improved durability and robustness in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). A number of recent development concepts are outlined for the core cell materials of anode, electrolyte, and cathode, in particular new catalytic approaches such as catalyst impregnation and exsolution on the anode to improve redox and fuel flexibility and reduced temperature cathodes. Some of the challenges of scaling up into larger stacks are also discussed. Here the interactions of cell materials with stack materials, in particular the interconnect, are summarized, such as chromium poisoning and cell to interconnect electrical contact, both of which feature prominently in SOFC stack lifetime issues. Barriers to new materials development are outlined along with the potential for accelerated testing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSolid Oxide Fuel Cell Lifetime and Reliability
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Challenges in Fuel Cells
EditorsNigel P. Brandon, Enrique Ruiz-Trejo, Paul Boldrin
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780128097243
ISBN (Print)9780081011027
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2017


  • ceramic anodes
  • electrical contact
  • exsolution
  • impregnation
  • infiltration
  • layered perovskite
  • mixed conductivity
  • new electrolytes
  • stable structures


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