Investigation of La2 Cu O4 YSZPt potentiometric N Ox sensors with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

Briggs White*, Enrico Traversa, Eric Wachsman

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La2 Cu O4 (LCO) powders were used to fabricate electrodes for solid-state potentiometric N Ox sensors [LCO∫yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ)∫Pt], and symmetrical Pt (Pt∫YSZ∫Pt) and La2 Cu O4 (LCO∫YSZ∫LCO) cells. The impedances of the sensors and symmetrical cells were measured. Three phenomena were observed in the impedance spectra: O2 ion conduction in the YSZ electrolyte, surface conduction on the La2 Cu O4 electrode, and the electrochemical reaction of O2 at the electrode/electrolyte/gas interface. The impedance associated with O2 reduction/oxidation decreased in the presence of O2, NO, and N O2, in contrast to the potentiometric response which increased in NO, decreased in N O2, and was unaffected by changes in O2 concentration. The impedance associated with surface conduction on the La2 Cu O4 electrode was affected by NO and N O2 in much the same way as the previously reported potentiometric sensor response (ΔOCP) in terms of temperature and concentration dependencies providing evidence for an adsorption mechanism for the potentiometric response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)J11-J16
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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