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Title: Ionic Conductivity Increased by Two Orders of Magnitude in Micrometer-Thick Vertical Yttria-Stabilized ZrO 2 Nanocomposite Films

Abstract

We design and create a unique cell geometry of templated micrometer-thick epitaxial nanocomposite films which contain ~20 nm diameter yttria-stabilized ZrO 2 (YSZ) nanocolumns, strain coupled to a SrTiO 3 matrix. We also enhanced the ionic conductivity of these nanocolumnsby over 2 orders of magnitude compared to plain YSZ films. Concomitant with the higher ionic conduction is the finding that the YSZ nanocolumns in the films have much higher crystallinity and orientation, compared to plain YSZ films. Hence, “oxygen migration highways” are formed in the desired out-of-plane direction. This improved structure is shown to originate from the epitaxial coupling of the YSZ nanocolumns to the SrTiO 3 film matrix and from nucleation of the YSZ nanocolumns on an intermediate nanocomposite base layer of highly aligned Sm-doped CeO 2 nanocolumns within the SrTiO 3 matrix. Furthermore, this intermediate layer reduces the lattice mismatch between the YSZ nanocolumns and the substrate. Vertical ionic conduction values as high as 10 –2 Ω –1 cm –1 were demonstrated at 360 °C (300 °C lower than plain YSZ films), showing the strong practical potential of these nanostructured films for use in much lower operation temperature ionic devices.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [2];  [2];  [3];  [1]
  1. Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom). Dept. of Materials Science and Metallurgy
  2. Texas A & M Univ., College Station, TX (United States). Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  3. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC); National Science Foundation (NSF)
OSTI Identifier:
1334129
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-15-27208
Journal ID: ISSN 1530-6984
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nano Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 15; Journal Issue: 11; Journal ID: ISSN 1530-6984
Publisher:
American Chemical Society
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; Ion conductivity; nanocomposite; samarium-doped CeO2; yttria-stabilized ZrO2

Citation Formats

Lee, Shinbuhm, Zhang, Wenrui, Khatkhatay, Fauzia, Wang, Haiyan, Jia, Quanxi, and MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L. Ionic Conductivity Increased by Two Orders of Magnitude in Micrometer-Thick Vertical Yttria-Stabilized ZrO 2 Nanocomposite Films. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b02726.
Lee, Shinbuhm, Zhang, Wenrui, Khatkhatay, Fauzia, Wang, Haiyan, Jia, Quanxi, & MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L. Ionic Conductivity Increased by Two Orders of Magnitude in Micrometer-Thick Vertical Yttria-Stabilized ZrO 2 Nanocomposite Films. United States. doi:10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b02726.
Lee, Shinbuhm, Zhang, Wenrui, Khatkhatay, Fauzia, Wang, Haiyan, Jia, Quanxi, and MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L. Thu . "Ionic Conductivity Increased by Two Orders of Magnitude in Micrometer-Thick Vertical Yttria-Stabilized ZrO 2 Nanocomposite Films". United States. doi:10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b02726. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1334129.
@article{osti_1334129,
title = {Ionic Conductivity Increased by Two Orders of Magnitude in Micrometer-Thick Vertical Yttria-Stabilized ZrO 2 Nanocomposite Films},
author = {Lee, Shinbuhm and Zhang, Wenrui and Khatkhatay, Fauzia and Wang, Haiyan and Jia, Quanxi and MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L.},
abstractNote = {We design and create a unique cell geometry of templated micrometer-thick epitaxial nanocomposite films which contain ~20 nm diameter yttria-stabilized ZrO2 (YSZ) nanocolumns, strain coupled to a SrTiO3 matrix. We also enhanced the ionic conductivity of these nanocolumnsby over 2 orders of magnitude compared to plain YSZ films. Concomitant with the higher ionic conduction is the finding that the YSZ nanocolumns in the films have much higher crystallinity and orientation, compared to plain YSZ films. Hence, “oxygen migration highways” are formed in the desired out-of-plane direction. This improved structure is shown to originate from the epitaxial coupling of the YSZ nanocolumns to the SrTiO3 film matrix and from nucleation of the YSZ nanocolumns on an intermediate nanocomposite base layer of highly aligned Sm-doped CeO2 nanocolumns within the SrTiO3 matrix. Furthermore, this intermediate layer reduces the lattice mismatch between the YSZ nanocolumns and the substrate. Vertical ionic conduction values as high as 10–2 Ω–1 cm–1 were demonstrated at 360 °C (300 °C lower than plain YSZ films), showing the strong practical potential of these nanostructured films for use in much lower operation temperature ionic devices.},
doi = {10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b02726},
journal = {Nano Letters},
issn = {1530-6984},
number = 11,
volume = 15,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {9}
}

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