A solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) manifold and interconnect structure includes a manifold that has a dense and hermetic planar surface that is impervious to fuel gas used with the corresponding SOFC. A porous material includes a permeable planar surface that is in lateral contact with the planar surface of the manifold to form an electrode interconnect. The exposed surface of the junction between the dense and hermetic planar surface and the permeable planar surface is substantially flat and devoid of discontinuities, corners and seams. The dense and hermetic planar surface, the permeable planar surface and the exposed surface of the junction lay in a single common plane suitable for thermal deposition of electrode and electrolyte layers.
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 This invention was made with Government support under sub contract number DE-NT0004109 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.