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Engineering, Catalysis and Reaction Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering


The creation of A-site cation defects within a perovskite oxide can substantially alter the structure and properties of its stoichiometric analogue. In this work, we demonstrate that by vacating 2 and 5% of A-site cations from SrNb0.1Co0.9O3−δ (SNC1.00) perovskites (Sr1−sNb0.1Co0.9O3−δ, s = 0.02 and 0.05; denoted as SNC0.98 and SNC0.95, respectively), a Jahn–Teller (JT) distortion with varying extents takes place, leading to the formation of a modified crystal lattice within a the perovskite framework. Electrical conductivity, electrochemical performance, chemical compatibility and microstructure of Sr1−sNb0.1Co0.9O3−δ as cathodes for solid oxide fuel cells were evaluated. Among SNC1.00, SNC0.98 and SNC0.95, SNC0.95 (P4/mmm symmetry (#123)) which exhibits a large JT distortion in conjunction with charge-ordering of cobalt (Co) shows the best oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity at low temperature while SNC0.98 (P4mm symmetry (#99)), which displays a local JT distortion, shows the poorest performance.


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Zhu, Y., Lin, Y., Shen, X., Sunarso, J., Zhou, W., Jiang, S., Su, D., Chen, F., Shao, Z. (2014). Influence of Crystal Structure on the Electrochemical Performance of A-Site-Deficient Sr 1-xNb 0.1 Co 0.9 O 3-δ Perovskite Cathodes. RSC Advances, 4(77), 40865-40872.