Oxygen Electrocatalysis on Epitaxial La0.6Sr0.4CoO3-delta Perovskite Thin Films for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Ethan J. Crumlin, Sung-Jin Ahn, Dongkyu Lee, Eva Mutoro, Michael D. Biegalski, Hans M. Christen, Yang Shao-Horn

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Abstract

Hetero-structured interfaces of oxides, which can exhibit reactivity characteristics remarkably different from bulk oxides, are interesting systems to explore in search of highly active fuel cell catalysts for oxygen electrocatalysis. (001)-oriented La0.6Sr0.4CoO 3-δ (LSC60-40113) thin films having thicknesses from tens to hundreds of nanometers were grown epitaxially on (001)-oriented yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ). Atomic force microscopy showed that all the film surfaces were of high quality with average surface roughness approximately one nanometer. The surface oxygen exchange kinetics of these films were determined by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. While (001)-oriented LSC60-40113 thin films were found to have similar surface oxygen exchange coefficients to LSC60-40113 bulk, surface coverage of (001)-oriented (La0.5Sr0.5)2CoO4±δ (LSC214) on the LSC60-40113 thin films led to significant enhancement in the surface oxygen kinetics up to ∼3 orders of magnitude. Interestingly, LSC214-decorated LSC60-40113 films have comparable surface exchange kinetics (∼1 · 10 cm·s -1 at 550°C) to similarly prepared LSC214-decorated La0.8Sr0.2CoO3-δ films. Such high surface oxygen kinetics are among the most active SOFC cathode materials reported to date. © 2012 The Electrochemical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)F219-F225
Number of pages1
JournalJOURNAL OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY
Volume159
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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