A systematic investigation on the effective ionic conductivity (σm) of a novel intermediate-temperature mixed oxide-ion and carbonate-ion conductor MOCC consisting of a ceria phase and a carbonate phase is reported. The study explicitly shows that the observed remarkable temperature-dependent σm is primarily the result of softening/melting of the carbonate phase as the physical state of the carbonate phase transforms from solid, softened to molten. Differential scanning calorimetry analysis complements the understanding of the observed electrical behavior by revealing temperatures of melting and solidification in agreement with the onset temperatures of σm. In addition, the measured σmagrees reasonably well with that simulated by the effective medium percolation theory. Furthermore, σm of the MOCC is independent of atmosphere at t < 600°C, exhibiting the characteristics of a good electrolyte. The MOCC–LiNiOx and MOCC–Ni composites are better cathode and anode materials than noble metals for MOCC-based fuel cells, respectively. Finally, no sign of σm degradation measured at 600°C in air is found over a 3-day period.
Published in Journal of The Electrochemical Society, Volume 458, Issue 2, 2010, pages B225-B232.
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Li, X., Xiao, G., & Huang, K. (2010). Effective Ionic Conductivity of a Novel Intermediate-Temperature Mixed Oxide-Ion and Carbonate-Ion Conductor. Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 158 (2), B225 - B232. http://dx.doi.org/10.1149/1.3524477