Low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells based on Tm-doped SrCeO2-δ semiconductor electrolytes

S. Rauf, Bin Zhu*, M. A.K.Y. Shah, Z. Tayyab, S. Attique, N. Ali, N. Mushtaq, M. I. Asghar, P. D. Lund, C. P. Yang

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Low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (LT-SOFCs) are a promising fuel cell technology but often suffer from low ionic conductivity of the electrolyte. Herein, we develop a solid electrolyte with high ionic conductivity based on thulium (Tm)-doped composite Sr0.1TmxCe0.9-xO2-δ [x = 0.1] having a cubic fluorite structure. The fuel cell using Tm-doped SrCeO2-δ electrolyte achieved the power output of 682 mW/cm2 at 550 °C with an open-circuit voltage (OCV) of 1.03 V, whereas the fuel cell with Sr0·1Ce0·9O2-δ electrolyte produced a power density of 515 mW/cm2 with an OCV of 1.02 V. Doping of 10% Tm into SrCeO2-δ enables the creation of oxygen vacancies in the structure, which enables the enhancement in ionic conductivity and provides the fast transport path. Thus, doping of both Sr and Tm into CeO2 enhances the generation of high content of oxygen vacancies. The calculated ionic conductivity of Tm-doped SrCeO2-δ is 0.13 S/cm which is appreciably higher than that of the pure SrCeO2-δ (0.104 S/cm at 550°C). Moreover, the enhancement of power output can also be ascribed to band bending at the electrolyte-electrode interface, which overall decreases the inherent electronic properties of reduced ceria while increases the ionic conductivity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100661
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalMaterials Today Energy
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Ceramic electrolyte
  • Energy band engineering
  • Ionic conduction
  • Oxygen vacancies
  • Tm-Doping


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