Infiltrated SrTiO3:FeCr‐based Anodes for Metal‐Supported SOFC

Peter Blennow Tullmar, Bhaskar Reddy Sudireddy, Åsa Helen Persson, Trine Klemensø, Jimmi Nielsen, Karl Tor Sune Thydén

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The concept of using electronically conducting anode backbones with subsequent infiltration of electrocatalytic active materials has been used to develop an alternative solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) design based on a ferritic stainless steel support. The anode backbone consists of a composite made of Nb‐doped SrTiO3 (STN) and FeCr stainless steel. A number of different experimental routes and analysis techniques have been used to evaluate the microstructural and chemical changes occurring in the composite anode layer during electrochemical testing at intermediate temperatures (650 °C). STN and FeCr stainless steel was found to be compatible on the macro‐scale level, however, some micro‐scale chemical interaction was observed. The composite anode backbone showed a promising corrosion resistance, with a decrease in formation of Cr2O<sub>3</sub> on the FeCr particles, when exposed to SOFC operating conditions. The electronic conductivity of the infiltrated anode backbone furthermore showed good redox stability properties. Electrochemical testing of metal‐supported cells having the STN:FeCr composite anode backbone infiltrated with electrocatalysts showed comparable performance and promising durability properties compared with other metal‐supported cell designs presented in the literature. This work illustrates the potential advantages and challenges when incorporating SrTiO<sub>3</sub>‐based materials into metal‐supported cells based on ferritic stainless steel.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFuel Cells
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)494-505
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event10th European SOFC Forum - Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland
Duration: 26 Jun 201229 Jun 2012


Conference10th European SOFC Forum
LocationKultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern


  • Fuel Cell
  • Infiltration
  • Metal-Support
  • SOFC
  • Strontium Titanate

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