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FUEL CELL SYSTEM INCLUDING DENSE OXYGEN BARRIER LAYER

United States Patent Application

20170346102
A1
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In some examples, a fuel cell including a first electrochemical cell; a second electrochemical cell; an interconnect configured to conduct a flow of electrons from the first electrochemical cell to the second electrochemical cell; and a dense oxygen barrier layer separating the interconnect from one of a cathode or a cathode conductor layer adjacent the cathode, wherein the dense barrier layer is formed of a ceramic material exhibiting a low porosity and a high conductivity such that the dense oxygen barrier layer reduces at least one precious metal loss from the interconnect or oxidation of nickel metal in the interconnect.
Nikolaidis, Ilias (Hanau, DE), Liu, Zhien (Canal Fulton, OH), Jung, Minjae (Stow, OH), Jung, Hwa-Young (Canton, OH)
15/ 183,568
June 15, 2016
[0002] This invention was made with government support under Cooperative Agreement No. DE-FE0000303 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.