We synthesized Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe 0.2O3-δ (BSCF) powders with a primary particle size of 20 nm using a Pechini type method. By using nanocrystalline BSCF powders, we were able to fabricate a ceria interlayer-free nanoporous cathode on a scandia stabilized zirconia (ScSZ) electrolyte at low temperatures. Cathodes sintered below 750 C lacked sufficient mechanical adhesion to the electrolyte, while electrode was well adhered to the electrolyte when fired at 800 C. The symmetrical BSCF-ScSZ|yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ)|BSCF-ScSZ half-cell that we generated had an exceptionally low polarization resistance of 0.06 Ω·cm2 at 700 C. The maximum power density of the BSCF-ScSZ|ScSZ|Ni-ScSZ unit cell was over 1 W cm-2 at 700 C. We investigated the durability of the BSCF-ScSZ composite cathode by 30 thermo-cycles performed by varying the temperature from 200 to 700 C. The polarization resistance after the test remained low at less than 0.08 Ω·cm2.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Fuel Technology
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology