Non-doped CeO2-carbonate nanocomposite electrolyte for low temperature solid oxide fuel cells

Yifu Jing, Peter Lund, Muhammad Imran Asghar, Fengjiao Li, Bin Zhu, Baoyuan Wang, Xiaomi Zhou, Chunming Chen, Liangdong Fan*

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CeO2 is an oxygen nonstoichiometric material for the coexistence of redox pair of Ce3+ and Ce4+, even under an oxidizing atmosphere, and its self-doping is fulfilled bases on the multivalence characteristics. It has been served in versatile applications, including fuel cells and catalysis. Excellent electrochemical performances of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) have been achieved at intermediate and low-temperature range based on doped cerium oxide electrolyte. In this study, we utilize its self-doping form to prepare core-shell structure bi-phase nano-composite of CeO2 and alkali carbonate (Li2CO3, Na2CO3 and K2CO3) through a two-step synthesis method. SEM, TEM, XRD, and EIS measurements were applied to characterize the morphology, crystal size, the ionic conductivity of the electrolyte, and the electrochemical performance of resulting ceramic fuel cells. An exceptional ionic conductivity of 0.34 S cm−1 was generated at 550 °C in air, significantly different from its insulating property of the perfect CeO2 phase. A power density of 910 mW cm−2 was also achieved as the highest electrochemical performance of a single cell. The multi-ionic conduction behavior of CeO2-carbonate is also discussed. The results reveal an effective approach to develop alternative SOFC electrolyte materials for low-temperature, high-performance energy conversion applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29290-29296
Number of pages7
JournalCeramics International
Issue number18
Early online date1 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Ceria-carbonate composite electrolyte
  • Core-shell
  • Hybrid ionic conduction
  • Interface conductivity
  • Low temperature solid oxide fuel cell
  • Self-doping


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