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

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.
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  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
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Journal ID: ISSN 1530-6984
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nano Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 15; Journal Issue: 11; Journal ID: ISSN 1530-6984
American Chemical Society
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC); National Science Foundation (NSF)
Country of Publication:
United States
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; Ion conductivity; nanocomposite; samarium-doped CeO2; yttria-stabilized ZrO2
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