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S3: 8th International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC): Materials, Science, and Technology


SOFC power generation systems are currently being developed in watts to megawatt sizes for centralized and distributed stationary generation, automotive auxiliary power, man portable and unmanned applications. SOFC technology offers high electrical efficiency, lower emissions (green house gas, NOx, VOC and particulate), utilization of liquid and gaseous hydrocarbon fuels and ease of products configurability. Research and development, products engineering and cost effective manufacturing remain focus of interest in North America, Europe, and Asia under the sponsorship of both private industries and government agencies. Although significant progress has been made in the areas of cell and stack materials, component fabrication, stack and systems simulation and design, fuel processing and systems operation on a wide variety of liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons, technology development continues towards the identification of bulk and interfacial modifications for performance enhancement, degradation minimization and cost reduction at both materials and process levels. Significant challenges exist in the areas of stacking cells, thermal management, and BOP component development at both sub-kWe and large multi kWe levels.


The primary purpose of this symposium is to provide an international forum for scientists and engineers to present recent technical progress, and to exchange ideas and technical information, on various aspects of solid oxide fuel cells. The participants will gather state-of-the-art knowledge in the fields of SOFC component materials, processing, cell/stack fabrication and design, electrochemical performance and performance stability, bulk, interface and surface interactions, microstructural and interface engineering, computational simulation and modeling, test procedures and performance analysis, gaseous and liquid fuel processing, etc.


Proposed Session Topics

  • Oxygen ion, proton and mixed conductors; conduction mechanisms, materials limitations, electrolytes for 400°C -1000°C applications
  • Electrode materials and microstructural engineering; tailored structure, electrode processes and limitations including defect chemistry modifications, analytical techniques
  • Ceramic and metallic interconnects; degradation mechanisms, coatings, accelerated testing and life prediction, large scale manufacturing and cost reduction
  • Sealing materials, designs and approaches; seal materials compatibility and interactions
  • Novel processing approaches for cell and stack materials
  • Mechanical and thermal properties
  • Electrochemical performance, performance enhancement and stability of cells and stacks
  • Reliability and degradation: ¬electrical and structural reliability
  • Surface and interfacial reactions; materials transport and electrode poisoning; catalytic degradation
  • Degradation modeling and computational simulation of cells and stacks; design for manufacturing
  • Novel cell and stack designs (for example LT-SOFC, DC-SOFC etc), utilization of bio-derived fuels
  • High temperature electrolysis – Water and CO2
  • Fuel processing; supported/unsupported catalysts; carbon and sulfur fouling, gas separation membranes
  • Applications-Centralized and distributed generation, CHP, Hydrogen production, portable and unmanned operations


Symposium Organizers

  • Narottam P. Bansal, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA
  • Prabhakar Singh, Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center, University of Connecticut, USA
  • Mihails.Kusnezoff, Fraunhofer IKTS, Germany
  • J. S. Chung, POSTECH, Korea
  • T. Horita, AIST, Japan
  • Tatsumi Ishihara, Kyushu University, Japan
  • Alexander Michaelis, Fraunhofer IKTS, Germany
  • Nguyen. Q. Minh, Consultant, USA
  • Mogens Mogensen, Risoe National Laboratory, Denmark
  • J. Obrien, INL, USA
  • Robert Steinberger-Wilckens, Forschungszentrum-Julich GmbH, Germany
  • Jeffrey W. Stevenson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA
  • A. K. Suri, BARC, India
  • Toshio Suzuki, AIST, Japan
  • Eric D. Wachsman, University of Maryland, USA


Points of Contact
Narottam P. Bansal, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA, Phone: +1 (216) 433-3855
Prabhakar Singh, Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center, USA, Phone: +1 (860) 486-8379
Mihails Kusnezoff, Fraunhofer IKTS, Germany, Phone: +49 (0) 351 2553 707

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