Editors: Moisés Rómolos Cesário, Daniel Araújo de Macedo

Series Title: Frontiers in Ceramic Science

Functional Materials for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: Processing, Microstructure and Performance

Volume 1

eBook: US $79 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $158
Printed Copy: US $119
Library License: US $316
ISSN: 2542-5250 (Print)
ISSN: 2542-5269 (Online)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-432-9 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-431-2 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2017
DOI: 10.2174/97816810843121170101

Introduction

Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) have received great attention among researchers in the past few decades due to their high electrochemical energy conversion efficiency, environmental friendliness, fuel flexibility and wide range of applications. This volume is a contribution from renowned researchers in the scientific community interested in functional materials for SOFCs. Chapters in this volume emphasize the processing, microstructure and performance of electrolyte and electrode materials. Contributors review the main chemical and physical routes used to prepare ceramic/composite materials, and explain a variety of manufacturing techniques for electrode and electrolyte production and characterization. Readers will also find information about both symmetrical and single fuel cells. The book is a useful reference for students and professionals involved in SOFC research and development.

Foreword

This fascinating e-book clusters contributions from researchers who have dedicated the last years of their carrier to study materials, manufacturing processes and characterization techniques applied to the development of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs). These electrochemical devices that convert chemical energy into electricity are promising alternatives to traditional mobile and stationary power sources. Among their many advantages deserve special attention the high energy conversion efficiency and the excellent fuel flexibility. The development of high-performance functional SOFC is an important step towards reducing the operating temperature to 500 – 750 °C or lower. By doing this, the cell components can be easily and cost-efficiently produced. With this in mind, recent research around the world has focused on novel synthesis methods and processing routes to develop high performance components and single cells operating at reduced temperatures.

I am sure that this e-book reviews how processing conditions affect both microstructure and performance of functional SOFC materials.

Dr. Daniel Araújo de Macedo
Department of Materials Engineering
Federal University of Paraíba
Brazil


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