A nickel point electrode setup was used as a model of an SOFC anode on three slightly different electrolytes of zirconia stabilised by co-doping with scandia and yttria. The effect of electrolyte impurities on the electrode polarisation resistance was investigated by correlating electrochemical impedance spectroscopy data with time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy data. A semi-quantitative analysis of the electrolyte surfaces showed that the levels of surface impurities inside the electrode/electrolyte interface in close proximity to the three phase boundary have a large effect on the electrode polarisation resistance.
- Segregation of impurities
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