Stable proton-conducting Ca-doped LaNbO4 thin electrolyte-based protonic ceramic membrane fuel cells by in situ screen printing

Lin Bin, Songlin Wang, Xingqin Liu, Guangyao Meng*

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In order to develop a simple and cost-effective route to fabricate protonic ceramic membrane fuel cells (PCMFCs), a stable proton-conducting La0.99Ca0.01NbO4 (LCN) thin electrolyte was fabricated on a porous NiO-La0.5Ce0.5O1.75 (NiO-LDC) anode by in situ screen printing. The key part of this process is to directly print well-mixed ink of La2O3, CaCO3 and Nb2O5 instead of pre-synthesized LCN ceramic powder on the anode substrate. After sintering at 1400 °C for 5 h, the full dense electrolyte membrane in the thickness of 20 μm was obtained. A single cell was assembled with (La0.8Sr0.2)0.9MnO3-δ-La0.5Ce0.5O1.75 (LSM-LDC) as cathode and tested with humidified hydrogen as fuel and static air as oxidant. The open circuit voltage (OCV) and maximum power density respectively reached 0.98 V and 65 mW cm-2 at 800 °C. Interface resistance of cell under open circuit condition was also investigated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-357
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jun 10 2009


  • Ca-doped LaNbO
  • In situ reaction
  • Proton-conducting electrolyte
  • Screen printing
  • Solid oxide fuel cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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