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Committee Members

Hong Huang (Advisor), Allen Jackson (Committee Member), Ruby Mawasha (Committee Member)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering (MSEgr)


JP-8 fuel is easily accessible, transportable, and has hydrogen content essential to solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) operation. However, this syngas has sulfur content which results in a poisonous hydrogen sulfide that degrades electrochemical activity and causes complete SOFC failure in some cases. The goal is to synthesize and verify a cost-effective, catalyst supported on cerium oxide that either stabilizes ionic conductivity in the presence of hydrogen sulfide and/or is highly sulfur-resistant. After thorough computational analysis, it was concluded that the platinum-copper skin catalyst was the most cost-effective, sulfur-resistant catalyst. Experimental synthesis of copper, platinum, and platinum-copper skin catalysts supported on cerium oxide was verified. Further experimentation must be performed to establish the platinum-copper skin catalyst supported on cerium oxide operational affects on the SOFC system in a sulfur environment.

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Department or Program

Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

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