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Membraneless Microfluidic Fuel Cells

Abstract Portable devices rely on battery systems that contribute largely to the overall device form factor and delay portability due to recharging. Membraneless microfluidic fuel cells are considered as the next generation of portable power sources for their compatibility with higher energy density reactants. Microfluidic fuel cells are potentially cost effective and robust because they use low Reynolds number flow to maintain fuel and oxidant separation instead of ion exchange membranes. However, membraneless fuel cells suffer from poor efficiency due to poor mass transport and Ohmic losses. Current microfluidic fuel cell designs suffer from reactant cross-diffusion and thick boundary layers at the electrode surfaces, which result in a compromise ... (more)
Created Date 2010
Contributor Salloum, Kamil (Author) / Posner, Jonathan D (Advisor) / Adrian, Ronald (Committee member) / Christen, Jennifer (Committee member) / Phelan, Patrick (Committee member) / Chen, Kangping (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Mechanical Engineering / Alternative Energy / Chemical Engineering / fuel cells / microfluidics / portable power
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 123 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering 2010
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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