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Vazquez S.,Laboratorio Of Cristalografia | Davyt S.,Laboratorio Of Cristalografia | Basbus J.F.,Grupo Caracterizacion de Materiales | Soldati A.L.,Grupo Caracterizacion de Materiales | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Solid State Chemistry | Year: 2015

Nanocrystalline La0.6Sr0.4Fe0.8Cu0.2O3-δ (LSFCu) material was synthetized by combustion method using EDTA as fuel/chelating agent and NH4NO3 as combustion promoter. Structural characterization using thermodiffraction data allowed to determine a reversible phase transition at 425 °C from a low temperature R-3c phase to a high temperature Pm-3m phase and to calculate the thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) of both phases. Important characteristics for cathode application as electronic conductivity and chemical compatibility with Ce0.9Gd0.1O2-δ (CGO) electrolyte were evaluated. LSFCu presented a p-type conductor behavior with maximum conductivity of 135 S cm-1 at 275 °C and showed a good stability with CGO electrolyte at high temperatures. This work confirmed that as prepared LSFCu has excellent microstructural characteristics and an electrical conductivity between 100 and 60 S cm-1 in the 500-700 °C range which is sufficiently high to work as intermediate temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (IT-SOFCs) cathode. However a change in the thermal expansion coefficient consistent with a small oxygen loss process may affect the electrode-electrolyte interface during fabrication and operation of a SOFC. © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Vazquez S.,University of the Republic of Uruguay | Basbus J.,Grupo Caracterizacion de Materiales | Soldati A.L.,Grupo Caracterizacion de Materiales | Napolitano F.,Grupo Caracterizacion de Materiales | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Power Sources | Year: 2015

In this work we studied the electrochemical performance of Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe0.8Cu0.2O3-δ (BSFCu) as cathode for Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (IT-SOFC) with Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 (CGO) electrolyte and the effect of the symmetric cell preparation temperature on the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity. Symmetrical cells with the configuration BSFCu/CGO/BSFCu were prepared at 900 °C, 950 °C and 1000 °C to perform the electrochemical characterization in the 500-700 °C temperature range. The resultant area specific resistance (ASR) of the cells with different preparation temperatures followed the tendency: ASR900°C < ASR950°C < ASR1000°C. The symmetric cell constructed at 900 °C showed ASR values of 0.18, 0.078 and 0.035 Ω cm2 at 600, 650 and 700 °C respectively, which demonstrated superior electrochemical activities than previous reports. Additional, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning and transmission electron microscopies (SEM and TEM) techniques were used to characterize the microstructure of the original and fired BSFCu materials and correlate it with the cell preparation temperature. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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