In this work, the effect of ceria addition on the phase formations, sinterability and electrical conductivity of 10 mol.% scandia stabilized zirconia (SSZ) is investigated. Ceria co-doped SSZ (SSZ-xCeO2 (x = 0.5, 1.0, 5.0 mol.%)) powders were successfully synthesized by glycine-nitrate process and the electrical conductivity was measured in the temperature range of 600-900 °C. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) analysis showed that the samples sintered at 1300 °C/3 h are free from impurities such as un-decomposed nitrates, residual water and nitrile intermediates. From the X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, the sintered samples results revealed that the presence of cubic and rhombohedral β-phases and Raman spectroscopy analysis further revealed the presence and monoclinic and tetragonal phases. From the linear shrinkage spectra, a linear shrinkage of 27% was observed at 1300 °C for SSZ and was decreased with the increase of cerium oxide content. The electrical conductivity has been decreased with the increase of ceria content and the SSZ-0.5CeO2 sample displayed a higher electrical conductivity compared to others indicating that as small as 0.5 mol.% CeO2 doping in SSZ is enough to ensure good conductivity results for its potential application as an electrolyte material in intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs).
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This research was supported by a grant from the Fundamental R&D Program for Core Technology of Materials (10037175) funded by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, Republic of Korea and Institutional Research Program of Korea Institute of Science and Technology.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics