Improvement of grain-boundary conduction in SiO2-doped GDC by BaO addition

Seung Young Park, Pyeong Seok Cho, Sung Bo Lee, Hyun Min Park, Jong Heun Lee

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Barium oxide (BaO) was suggested as a scavenger material to mitigate the harmful siliceous intergranular phase in gadolinia-doped ceria (GDC). The addition of 1-5 mol % BaO to GDC specimens containing 500 ppm SiO2 enhanced the grain-boundary conduction by ∼250 times. Transmission electron microscopy and electron probe microanalysis attributed this enhancement to the scavenging of the siliceous phase by the Ba-rich phase. In contrast, the grain-boundary conduction was significantly deteriorated when doped with 0.1-0.2 mol % BaO, which was attributed to the dissolution of BaO into the intergranular phase and the consequent increase in the ion-blocking effect at the grain boundary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)B891-B896
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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