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Microreactors for efficient on-chip fuel processing and hydrogen generation
Author(s): Mayuresh V. Kothare; A. V. Pattekar; K. A. Alfadhel; L. Bleris; S. Mukherjee
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Paper Abstract

This paper provides an overview of several on-going research projects on microreactors and microchemical systems in our group. Microchemical systems are a new generation of miniature chemical systems that carry out chemical reactions and separations in precisely fabricated three dimensional microreactor configurations in the size range of a few microns to a few hundred microns. Typical microchemical systems combine fluid handling and reaction capabilities with electronic sensing and actuation, are fabricated using integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing techniques and use silicon and related IC industry materials, polymers, ceramics, glass or quartz as their material of construction. The use of such systems for in-situ and on-demand chemical production is gaining increasing importance as the field of microreaction engineering transitions from a theoretical concept to a technology with significant industrial applications. The paper presents a review of our work on MEMS-based microfabrication, modeling and control of microreformers for hydrogen delivery systems in micro-fuel cells and suggests possible areas of future research.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 January 2005
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 5592, Nanofabrication: Technologies, Devices, and Applications, (19 January 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.580236
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Mayuresh V. Kothare, Lehigh Univ. (United States)
A. V. Pattekar, Nu Element, Inc. (United States)
K. A. Alfadhel, Lehigh Univ. (United States)
L. Bleris, Lehigh Univ. (United States)
S. Mukherjee, Lehigh Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5592:
Nanofabrication: Technologies, Devices, and Applications
Warren Y-C. Lai; Stanley Pau; O. Daniel Lopez, Editor(s)

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