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MEMS-based fuel cells with integrated catalytic fuel processor and method thereof

United States Patent

August 9, 2011
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Described herein is a means to incorporate catalytic materials into the fuel flow field structures of MEMS-based fuel cells, which enable catalytic reforming of a hydrocarbon based fuel, such as methane, methanol, or butane. Methods of fabrication are also disclosed.
Jankowski; Alan F. (Livermore, CA), Morse; Jeffrey D. (Martinez, CA), Upadhye; Ravindra S. (Pleasanton, CA), Havstad; Mark A. (Davis, CA)
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore, CA)
10/ 612,226
July 1, 2003
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-7405-ENG-48 between the United States Department of Energy and the University of California for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.