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Electro-catalytic oxidation device for removing carbon from a fuel reformate

United States Patent

February 23, 2010
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An electro-catalytic oxidation device (ECOD) for the removal of contaminates, preferably carbonaceous materials, from an influent comprising an ECOD anode, an ECOD cathode, and an ECOD electrolyte. The ECOD anode is at a temperature whereby the contaminate collects on the surface of the ECOD anode as a buildup. The ECOD anode is electrically connected to the ECOD cathode, which consumes the buildup producing electricity and carbon dioxide. The ECOD anode is porous and chemically active to the electro-catalytic oxidation of the contaminate. The ECOD cathode is exposed to oxygen, and made of a material which promotes the electro-chemical reduction of oxygen to oxidized ions. The ECOD electrolyte is non-permeable to gas, electrically insulating and a conductor to oxidized. The ECOD anode is connected to the fuel reformer and the fuel cell. The ECOD electrolyte is between and in ionic contact with the ECOD anode and the ECOD cathode.
Liu; Di-Jia (Naperville, IL)
The United States of America as Represented by the Untied States Department of Energy (Washington, DC), N/A (
11/ 532,928
September 19, 2006
GOVERNMENT INTERESTS The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-31-109-ENG-38, between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the University of Chicago.