Institute: Imperial College

Control of structure, strain and chemistry: route to designer interfaces in SOFCs

Prof. Stephen Skinner

This project will provide unique insights into the processes that control charge transport at interfaces in fuel cells, and will provide routes to engineer optimized electrodes. The key objectives in this project are to:

  1. Determine surface chemistry of air-electrode environment interfaces under operating conditions (in operando).
  2. Relate catalytic activity to surface structure and cation segregation effects.
  3. Probe strain and structure at buried interfaces (electrolyte/electrode).
  4. Design and manufacture electrode structures with 2D and/or 3D engineered interfaces.
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