[Illinois] CABPN Workshop: Utilizing Microscale Characteristics to Address Interdisciplinary Challenges in Energy and Biology
From the Kenis Research Group's Energy Research focus' webpage:
Having noticed that the development of membrane-based fuel cells is often hindered by membrane-related issues such as water management (i.e., electrode dry-out/flooding) and fuel crossover, we have developed membraneless laminar flow-based fuel cells (LFFCs) where fuel and electrolyte streams are compartmentalized in a single microchannel without the need for a polymeric membrane as a physical barrier. Furthermore, we have developed air-breathing LFFCs by integrating a gas diffusion electrode (GDE) as cathode. The simple membraneless architecture eliminates water management issues, minimizes fuel crossover, facilitates by-product removal (i.e., carbonates) and enables fuel and media flexibility. Thus, membraneless fuel cells possess significant advantages over conventional membrane-based fuel cell configurations. Further development of this technology through a startup company (INI Power Systems of Morrisville, NC) has led to 20-300W power sources that are based on multichannel LFFC arrays.
Amit Desai is a Post-Doc studying Microfluidics at the University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana. He received his PhD from Pennsylvania State University.
Researchers should cite this work as follows:
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL