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ECS Short Courses

Montreal, QC, Canada | Sunday, May 1, 2011

Short Course #4
Introduction to Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Stuart B. Adler and Peter Holtappels, Instructors

Please visit the Montreal meeting page for registration information. Early-Bird Registration rates are in effect until April 1, 2011. See a list of all Short courses offered at the Montreal meeting.

The objective of this course is to provide an introduction to Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) science & technology, and to provide a launching point for further reading/education in the area. Topics include current status of SOFC commercialization, process design and integration, stack design concepts, cell materials and fabrication, and characterization of electrochemical performance. Course activities include approximately 70% lecture, 15% demonstration, and 15% short-answer questions and computer exercises, followed by a brief Panel Discussion and Speaker Q&A.

Prerequisites (to benefit most effectively from the course) include two or more years of a Bachelor's program in physics, chemistry, or engineering (or equivalent), and basic computer skills (spreadsheet calculations). Handouts include a CD with course notes, exercises, and spreadsheet models. Students should bring with them a laptop computer running Microsoft Excel (mac or PC) and a hand calculator.

The topics to be covered include:

  • current status of SOFC technology and commercial development,
  • heat, work, and other system level design issues,
  • basics of SOFC stack design,
  • electrochemical performance and diagnostics, and
  • SOFC materials.

NOTE: A limited amount of funding is available to eligible students to cover registration fees to attend this Short Course. Funding is available to student attendees less than 30 years old, irrespective of nationality. Individuals must be attending High Temperature Materials Division sponsored or co-sponsored symposia as part of the ECS biannual meeting in Montreal. Funding is limited to $600 per individual. Applicants should contact ECS at least two months prior to the meeting’s early bird deadline (April 1, 2011) with a letter explaining why they think it is important that they attend this Short Course. ECS will forward all requests to the fund administrators at least six weeks prior to the meeting for consideration. Applicants will be notified of their status at least one month prior to the meeting if they are eligible to receive funding to cover the registration fees for this short Course. Send your application to David Harkness, Director of Constituent Services, e-mail:


About the Instructors

Stuart B. Adler is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle. His work focuses on electrochemical ceramics, including advanced measurement and modeling techniques for solid-state electrodes, and independent studies of kinetic, transport, and thermodynamic properties of solids. Dr. Adler received his PhD in 1993 from the University of California, Berkeley. After a postdoc at Imperial College, UK, he was a staff scientist at Ceramatec, Inc. before rejoining academia in 1999. Professor Adler’s awards include a NSF-NATO postdoctoral Fellowship (1993), NSF Career Award (2001), the ECS Charles W. Tobias Young Investigator Award (2004), and the UW Junior Faculty Innovator Award (2007).

Peter Holtappels is with Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, in the Fuel Cells and Solid State Chemistry Division, at the Technical University of Denmark.

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