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Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Spark Award 2014

The team of Electrochemical Material won the Spark Award 2014 for their patent "Strained Multilayer Resistive-switching Memory Elements"
The team of Electrochemical Material won the Spark Award 2014 for their patent "Strained Multilayer Resistive-switching Memory Elements".

(video, 10.03.2014)

Patent: Strained Multilayer Resistive-switching Memory Elements


  • July 2014: We are happy that Reto Pfenninger continues as a PhD student in our group after sucessfully finishing his master thesis.
  • Announcement: Prof. Rupp will give her introductory lecture on April 22nd 2013.

  • Welcome to our new PhD student Yanuo Shi and our new intern Gustav Schiefler

  • Welcome to our new PhDs Sebastian Schweiger and Felix Messerschmitt

  • August, 1st 2012
    Start of the Electrochemical Materials group

Inaugural Lecture


Prof. Jennifer Rupp: Nano-Elektronik und -Ionik: Memristive Speicher und Energie Konversion (video, 08.02.2013)

Yanuo Shi

Formerly: Dr. Markus Kubicek, Dr. Iñigo Gabayo,

Solid Oxide Fuel Cells are electrochemical devices that can directly convert chemical into electrical energy and also operate in reverse mode as electrolysers, e.g. to store chemical fuels. We focus in particular on micro-Solid Oxide Fuel Cells on chip which are miniaturized thin film-based cells where all active compounds, electrodes and electrolyte, form a free-standing membrane on a Si-chip separating the fuel from the air supply. Despite short history of this new device class first comercial cells are on the market to replace batteries for portable electronics or as grid-independent chargers. We target in particular to a fundamental understanding of the electro-chemomechanics in these cells, namely the interaction of ionic charge transport "electro", oxygen non-stoichiometry "chemical" and membrane strain "mechanics" interaction. Besides innovative routes to gain high surface reactive site electrodes and micro-fuel cell making and testing in hydro-carbon fuels is studied to suggest most efficient and direct operation on the latter fuels.


Highlights of our research can be found in the Paper gallery.


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