Title: Investigations on structure-property relations of (La,Sr)CoO3-[delta] thin film SOFC cathodes
Other Titles: CoO tief 3-[delta]
Language: English
Authors: Januschewsky, Judith
Qualification level: Doctoral
Advisor: Fleig, Jürgen 
Issue Date: 2010
Number of Pages: 106
Qualification level: Doctoral
In this thesis (La,Sr)CoO3-d thin films were prepared by PLD and a simple sol-gel route. The electrochemical performance towards oxygen reduction was investigated by impedance spectroscopy. Structural and morphological investigations were performed using XRD, SEM, AFM and TEM.
The surface composition was investigated by LEIS and XPS. From that data several structure-property relations were found.
The structure and electrochemical performance of (La,Sr)CoO3-d thin-film electrodes prepared by PLD on single crystalline YSZ strongly depends on the deposition temperature of the films. Surprisingly thin films deposited at rather low temperatures (340-510°C) and exhibiting hardly any signal in Bragg-Brentano XRD patterns showed the best electrochemical performance. It was possible to prepare LSC film electrodes with polarization resistances as low as 0.1 Ohmcm² at 600°C.
Many electrodes showed a pronounced degradation when operating between 500 and 700°C. Interestingly, the films exhibiting the lowest resistances showed the lowest degradation within a few days of operation. It was further possible to employ a sol-gel route to prepare electrodes with the same performance as the electrodes prepared by PLD. Again it seems that there is a correlation between the degree of crystallinity and the resistance. As the sol-gel thin films are smooth and dense and have no open porosity this extremely fast oxygen reduction cannot be attributed to a strongly increased surface area. It seems to be related to the lower crystallinity or a consequence of the lower crystallinity. The surface composition was investigated by LEIS and XPS. Different results concerning the surface composition of as prepared and heat treated samples deposited at 450°C and 650°C are achieved.
Keywords: SOFC; Brennstoffzelle; LSC; Kathode; Dünnfilm
SOFC; Fuel cell; Lanthanum cobaltite; LSC; Cathode; Thin film
URI: https://resolver.obvsg.at/urn:nbn:at:at-ubtuw:1-44459
Library ID: AC07809111
Organisation: E164 - Institut für Chemische Technologien und Analytik 
Publication Type: Thesis
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