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Title: Activity and Stability of (Pr 1-xNd x) 2NiO 4 as Cathodes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: Part V. In Situ Studies of Phase Evolution

This study is to complement an early report (the manuscript is attached for review purpose) on the role of interlayer on activity and performance stability in praseodymium nickelates. The aforementioned report showed a remarkable 48% increase in power density while switching from common GDC interlayer to a new interlayer chemistry (PGCO). Furthermore, a stable long-term performance was linked with suppressed reaction between the cathode and PGCO interlayer. In this article, we report in situ studies of the phase evolution. The high energy XRD studies at a synchrotron source showed fully suppressed phase transition in praseodymium nickelates with PGCO interlayer, while the electrodes on the GDC interlayer undergo substantial phase transformation. Furthermore, in operando and post-test XRD analyses shown fully suppressed structural changes in electrodes operated in full cells at 750°C and 0.80 V for 500 hours. SEM-EDS analysis showed that the formation of PrO x at the cathode-interlayer interface may play a role in a decrease of mechanical integrity of the interfaces, due to thermal expansion mismatch, leading to a local stress between the two phases. Furthermore, phase evolution at a narrow interface may propagate toward the electrode bulk, leading to structural changes Q1 and performance degradation.
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  1. Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (United States)
  2. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
  3. Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (United States); Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo (People's Republic of China)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0013-4651; AA6040000
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Journal of the Electrochemical Society
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 164; Journal Issue: 12; Journal ID: ISSN 0013-4651
The Electrochemical Society
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; cathode; electrode; in situ; nickelate; phase evolution; stability
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