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Tuning the high-temperature properties of Pr2NiO4+delta by simultaneous Pr- and Ni-cation replacement
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2016 (English)In: RSC Advances, ISSN 2046-2069, E-ISSN 2046-2069, Vol. 6, no 40, 33951-33958 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Novel Pr2-xSrxNi1-xCoxO4 +/-delta (x = 0.25; 0.5; 0.75) oxides with the tetragonal K2NiF4-type structure have been prepared. Room-temperature neutron powder diffraction (NPD) study of x = 0.25 and 0.75 phases together with iodometric titration results have shown the formation of hyperstoichiometric oxide for x = 0.25 (delta = 0.09(2)) and a stoichiometric one for x = 0.75. High-temperature X-ray powder diffraction (HT XRPD) showed substantial anisotropy of the thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) along the a-and c-axis of the crystal structure, which increases with increasing the Co content from TEC(c)/TEC(a) = 2.4 (x = 0.25) to 4.3 (x = 0.75). High-temperature NPD (HT NPD) study of the x = 0.75 sample reveals that a very high expansion of the axial (Ni/Co)-O bonds (75.7 ppm K-1 in comparison with 9.1 ppm K-1 for equatorial ones) is responsible for such behaviour, and is caused by a temperature-induced transition between low- and high-spin states of Co3+. This scenario has been confirmed by high-temperature magnetization measurements on a series of Pr2-xSrxNi1-xCoxO4 +/-delta samples. For compositions with high Ni content (x = 0.25 and 0.5) we synthesised K2NiF4-type oxides Pr2-x-ySrx+y(Ni1-xCox)O-4 +/-delta, y = 0.0-0.75 (x = 0.25); y = 0.0-0.5 (x = 0.5). The studies of the TEC, high-temperature electrical conductivity in air, chemical stability of the prepared compounds in oxygen and toward interaction with Ce2-xGdxO2-x/2 (GDC) at high temperatures reveal optimal behaviour of Pr1.35Sr0.65Ni0.75Co0.25O4+delta. This compound shows stability in oxygen at 900 degrees C and does not react with GDC at least up to 1200 degrees C. It features low TEC of 13 ppm K-1 and high-temperature electrical conductivity in air of 280 S cm(-1) at 900 degrees C, thus representing a promising composition for use as a cathode material in intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFC).

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2016. Vol. 6, no 40, 33951-33958 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-130013DOI: 10.1039/c6ra03099hISI: 000374045000086OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-130013DiVA: diva2:927104
Available from: 2016-05-11 Created: 2016-05-09 Last updated: 2016-07-06Bibliographically approved

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