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[en] Measurement of hemodynamic parameters such as stroke volume (SV) via impedance cardiography (ICG) is an easy, non-invasive and inexpensive way to assess the health status of the heart. We present a possibility to use this technology for monitoring risk patients at home. The IMPACT Shirt (IMPedAnce Cardiography Textile) has been developed with integrated textile electrodes and textile wiring, as well as with portable miniaturized hardware. Several textile materials were characterized in vitro and in vivo to analyze their performance with regard to washability, and electrical characteristics such as skin-electrode impedance, capacitive coupling and subjective tactile feeling. The small lightweight hardware measures ECG and ICG continuously and transmits wireless data via Bluetooth to a mobile phone (Android) or PC for further analysis. A lithium polymer battery supplies the circuit and can be charged via a micro-USB. Results of a proof-of-concept trial show excellent agreement between SV assessed by a commercial device and the developed system. The IMPACT Shirt allows monitoring of SV and ECG on a daily basis at the patient’s home. (paper)
[en] Highlights: • The SrSc0.175Nb0.025Co0.8O3-δ perovskite was evaluated for proton conducting SOFC. • Polarization resistance of SSNC decreased obviously via introducing H2O in gas phase. • The symmetrical cell showed the lowest Rp of 0.26 Ω cm−2 at 600 °C in 3% H2O-air. • This study suggests that in situ creation of H+ is possible at the SSNC cathode. - Abstract: Proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells (H+-SOFCs) have attracted considerable interest recently. However, the overall cell performance of H+-SOFCs is still low due to the lack of a promising cathode material. In this study, SrSc0.175Nb0.025Co0.8O3-δ (SSNC) was synthesized for evaluation as a cathode material in H+-SOFCs based on a BaZr0.1Ce0.7Y0.2O3-δ (BZCY) electrolyte. The chemical compatibility and stability of the SSNC cathode with the BZCY electrolyte in humidified air were studied. In addition, the electrochemical behavior of the SSNC cathode on the BZCY electrolyte was investigated using SSNC/BZCY/SSNC symmetrical cells at 600 °C in dry air and humidified air at various H2O partial pressures. Promising electrocatalytic activity was observed for the SSNC cathode in humidified air. The area specific resistance obtained on symmetrical cells at 600 °C in a 10% H2O-air atmosphere was 0.26 Ω cm2. A promising peak power density of 498 mW cm−2 was obtained using an anode-supported cell with a 46 μm-thick BZCY electrolyte layer at 700 °C.