Transport in a microfluidic catalytic reactor

Hyung Gyu Park, Jaewon Chung, Costas P. Grigoropoulos, Ralph Greif, Mark Havstad, Jeffrey D. Morse

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


A study of the heat and mass transfer, flow, and thermodynamics of the reacting flow in a catalytic microreactor is presented. Methanol reforming is utilized in the fuel processing system driving a micro-scale proton exchange membrane fuel cell. Understanding the flow and thermal transport phenomena as well as the reaction mechanisms is essential for improving the efficiency of the reforming process as well as the quality of the processed fuel. Numerical studies have been carried out to characterize the transport in a silicon microfabricated reactor system. On the basis of these results, optimized conditions for fuel processing are determined.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 003 ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference, Volume 1
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)0791836932, 9780791836934
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event2003 ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference (HT2003) - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: 2003 Jul 212003 Jul 23

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference


Other2003 ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference (HT2003)
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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