A silicon-based fuel cell micro power system using a microfabrication technique

Zhiyong Xiao, Guizhen Yan, Chunhua Feng, Philip Ching Ho Chan, I. Ming Hsing

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This paper reports a silicon-based polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell micro power system in which a high active surface area catalyst layer was monolithically integrated with the major components of the PEM fuel cell (gas diffusion layer, flow field, fuel reservoir and current collector). A sputtering method was used to apply the catalyst on a roughly textured substrate. A significant increase in the electro-active area by surface texturing was verified by the results of cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurement. A small internal resistance measured by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) indicated that the silicon surface roughness did not reduce the electrical conductance of current collectors. The fuel cell devices were tested with both gaseous fuel (hydrogen) and liquid fuel (methanol) at room temperature.
Original languageEnglish
Article number014
Pages (from-to)2014-2020
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Computational Mechanics


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