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Multiscale in-situ characterisation of degradation and reactivity in solid oxide fuel cells

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Fuel cells are one of the key technologies to be used for energy generation in a low carbon economy, offering the highest known efficiency for converting fuels into electricity. To facilitate their widespread deployment a thorough understanding of the basic science behind the complex processes occurring under operating conditions is required. In this proposal new techniques for the in-situ characterisation of fuel cells under realistic operating conditions will be developed, which will yield unique and valuable insights into the dynamics of cell operation, materials degradation processes over a range of length scales; therefore, working in partnership with industry collaborators, will enable durability to be improved to the levels needed for mass market operation.

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