Improvement of anode performance by surface modification for solid oxide fuel cell running on hydrocarbon fuel

Sung Pil Yoon, Jonghee Han, SukWoo Nam, Tae Hoon Lim, Seong Ahn Hong

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A Ni/yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) cermet anode was modified by coating with samaria-doped ceria (SDC, Sm0.2Ce0.8O2) sol within the pores of the anode for a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) running on hydrocarbon fuel. The surface modification of Ni/YSZ anode resulted in an increase of structural stability and enlargement of the triple phase boundary, which could serve as a catalytic reaction site for oxidation of carbon or CO. The anode polarization became four-times lower by sol-gel coating than using an unmodified anode. Consequently, the SDC coating on the pores of anode made it possible to have good stability for long-term operation due to low carbon deposition and nickel sintering. The maximum power density of an anode-supported cell (electrolyte; 8 mole % YSZ and thickness of 30 μm, and cathode; La0.85Sr0.15MnO3) with the modified anode was ∼ 0.3 w/sq cm at 700°C in the mixture of methane (25%) and air (75%) as the fuel and air as the oxidant. The modified cell was successfully operated for > 1000 hr without significant degradation of cell performance due to an increase of the structural and catalytic stability with the SDC coating on the anode.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-36
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Oct 1



  • Carbon deposition
  • Hydrocarbon fuel
  • Partial oxidation of methane
  • Solid oxide fuel cell
  • Surface modification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy (miscellaneous)

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