Nanoscale effects on ion conductance of oxide nanostructures

S. Thevuthasan, L. V. Saraf, S. Azad, O. A. Marina, C. M. Wang, V. Shutthanandan, D. E. McCready, A. El-Azab, J. E. Jaffe, M. H. Engelhard, C. H F Peden

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Layer-by-layer epitaxial structures of gadolinia-doped ceria and zirconia have been synthesized on Al2(0001) using oxygen plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Increase in oxygen ion conductivity is observed with an increasing number of layers compared to bulk polycrystalline yttria-stabilized zirconia and gadolinia doped ceria electrolytes. The conductivity enhancement in these layered electrolytes is interesting, yet the exact cause for the enhancement remains unknown. For example, the space charge effects that are responsible for analogous conductivity increases in undoped layered halides are suppressed by the much shorter Debye screening length in layered oxides. Therefore, it appears that a combination of lattice strain and extended defects due to lattice mismatch between the heterogeneous structures may contribute to the enhancement of oxygen ionic conductivity in this layered oxide system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - Electrochemical Society
EditorsS.C. Singhal, J. Mizusaki
Number of pages8
VolumePV 2005-07
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, SOFC IX - Quebec
Duration: 15 May 200520 May 2005


Other9th International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, SOFC IX


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  • Engineering(all)

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Thevuthasan, S., Saraf, L. V., Azad, S., Marina, O. A., Wang, C. M., Shutthanandan, V., McCready, D. E., El-Azab, A., Jaffe, J. E., Engelhard, M. H., & Peden, C. H. F. (2005). Nanoscale effects on ion conductance of oxide nanostructures. In S. C. Singhal, & J. Mizusaki (Eds.), Proceedings - Electrochemical Society (Vol. PV 2005-07, pp. 978-985)