Development of Reversible Membraneless Microfluidic Fuel Cell
DescriptionA Fuel cell can supply clean electricity by electrochemical reaction. Presently, fuel cells are not widely used mainly because the cost is still high. The most expensive component of a fuel cell is the electrolyte membrane that separates the anode and cathode and allows transport of charged ions only.The microfluidic fuel cell (MFC) design is a promising approach to cut down the cost significantly. The membraneless MFC architecture utilizes the laminar-flow interface to naturally separate the fuel and oxidant streams. Charged ions are transported through the interface by diffusion.The cost effectiveness of MFC could be further increased by adopting a reversible fuel cell design to make a single fuel cell perform dual functions: (1) fuel cell - supply electricity (discharging mode) and (2) electrolyzer - produce fuel (charging mode). In this project, theoretical modeling studies will be conducted to develop reversible microfluidic fuel cell (RMFC).
|Effective start/end date||1/05/12 → 12/11/13|