The manufacturing of a fuel cell Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA) is a significant cost driver in polymer-electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell technologies, primarily due to the inclusion of expensive materials in the catalyst layer. The selective deposition of a catalyst on the MEA of a fuel cell can drastically reduce the costs depending upon the catalyst, method used for deposition, and production volume. In this paper, testing and analysis of a novel catalyst iridium oxide is discussed. The performance of the catalyst will be compared with the conventional catalysts which will give us an estimate of its effectiveness however, in this paper, only its feasibility in terms of cost is discussed.

Meeting Name

21st Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium -- An Additive Manufacturing Conference (2010: Aug. 9-11, Austin, TX)


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Center/Lab(s)

Intelligent Systems Center


This research was supported by Missouri S&T Intelligent Systems Center and Product Innovation and Engineering, LLC. A grant from Air Force Research Laboratory is also appreciated.

Keywords and Phrases

Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA)

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Final Version

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Publication Date

11 Aug 2010

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Manufacturing Commons