This reactor is designed to provide an anode environment closely approximating that of an SOFC. The anode is sandwiched between two co-flowing gas channels. One channels carries a typical SOFC fuel while the other carries a mixture of CO2 and /or steam, the expected products of the electrochemical oxidation reactions. The species in these two channels diffuse through the porous anode and undergo reforming. The products of the reforming reactions are monitored in the exit gas channels with a mass spectrometer. These data can then be compared to a combined kinetics/transport model to provide a direct measure of the extent of on-anode reforming under SOFC conditions. The system is described in Applied Catalysis A, 295, 40-51 (2005).

Separated-Anode Reactor