Preparation and electrochemical characterization of perovskite/YSZ ceramic films

Daniel Z. De Florio*, Reginaldo Muccillo, Vincenzo Esposito, Elisabetta Di Bartolomeo, Enrico Traversa

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Perovskite-type La0.8Sr0.2Co0.8Fe 0.2O3-δ powders were prepared using a complex polymeric precursor method. Thermal analysis was carried out on the perovskite precursor to investigate the oxide-phase formation. The structural phase of the powders was determined by X-ray diffraction. These results showed that the decomposition of the precursors occurs in a two-step reaction and temperatures higher that 1000°C are required for these decomposition reactions. For the electrochemical characterization, La0.8Sr0.2Co 0.8Fe0.2O3-δ electrodes were deposited by a wet spray technique on dense yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) layers. The morphology of the deposited perovskite thick films (-50 μm) was investigated by field emission scanning electron microscopy and showed a porous microstructure. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements were carried out under synthetic air flux at temperatures ranging from 200-600°C in the 10 mHz-10 MHz frequency range showing an interfacial electrical resistance related to the La0.8Sr0.2Co 0.8Fe0.2O3-δ electrodes. EIS measurements were also performed in the same frequency range at different oxygen partial pressures (10-5-1 atm) at 600°C. At this temperature and frequencies below 0.1 MHz, the electrical response to the applied signal of the electrode material is best fitted by two semicircles, which can be related to charge-transfer processes. The activation energy for the limiting step (adsorption/desorption) was found to be 1.6 eV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 7 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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