Nano Ni layered anode for enhanced MCFC performance at reduced operating temperature

Hoang Viet Phuc Nguyen, Mohd Roslee Othman, Dongho Seo, Sung Pil Yoon, Hyung Chul Ham, Suk Woo Nam, Jonghee Han, Jinsoo Kim

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Nanoparticles of Ni and Ni-Al2O3 were coated on a molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC) anode by spray method to enlarge the electrochemical reaction sites at triple phase boundaries (TPBs). Both nano Ni coated anode and nano Ni-Al2O3 anode exhibited significant reduction of anode polarization, thanks to smaller charge transfer resistance. The maximum power density of nano Ni coated anode was 159 mW cm-2 at current density of 300 mA cm-2 operating at 600 °C. This is about 7% increase from the standard cell performance tested and compared in the study. Although low performance of nano coated Ni-Al2O3 cell is observed due to electrolyte consumption, the stability of cell performance during operation time is more favorable in MCFCs operation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12285-12290
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Aug 4


  • Anode
  • Fuel cell
  • Molten carbonate
  • Nanotechnology
  • Polarization
  • Porosity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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