Thin film yttria-stabilized zirconia electrolyte for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs) by chemical solution deposition

Eun Ok Oh, Chin Myung Whang, Yu Ri Lee, Jong Heun Lee, Kyung Joong Yoon, Byung Kook Kim, Ji Won Son, Jong Ho Lee, Hae Weon Lee

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A 500nm thick thin film YSZ (yttria-stabilized zirconia) electrolyte was successfully fabricated on a conventionally processed anode substrate by spin coating of chemical solution containing slow-sintering YSZ nanoparticles with the particle size of 20nm and subsequent sintering at 1100°C. Incorporation of YSZ nanoparticles was effective for suppressing the differential densification of ultrafine precursor powder by mitigating the prevailing bi-axial constraining stress of the rigid substrate with numerous local multi-axial stress fields around them. In particular, adding 5vol% YSZ nanoparticles resulted in a dense and uniform thin film electrolyte with narrow grain size distribution, and fine residual pores in isolated state. The thin film YSZ electrolyte placed on a rigid anode substrate with the GDC (gadolinia-doped ceria) and LSC (La 0.6Sr 0.4CoO 3-δ) layers deposited by PLD (pulsed laser deposition) processes revealed that it had fairly good gas tightness relevant to a SOFC (solid oxide fuel cell) electrolyte and maintained its structural integrity during fabrication and operation processes. In fact, the open circuit voltage was 1.07V and maximum power density was 425mW/cm 2 at 600°C, which demonstrates that the chemical solution route can be a viable means for reducing electrolyte thickness for low- to intermediate-temperature SOFCs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1733-1741
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the European Ceramic Society
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jul

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Institutional Research Program of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) and the Fundamental R&D Program for Core Technology of Materials funded by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, Republic of Korea .


  • Constrain sintering
  • Fuel cells
  • Microstructure
  • Sol-gel processes
  • Y O -ZrO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry


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