Electrochemical Characterization of La0.58Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ Thin Film Electrodes Prepared by Pulsed Laser Deposition

Pawel Plonczak, Martin Søgaard, Anja Bieberle-Hütter, Peter Vang Hendriksen, Ludwig J. Gauckler

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Electrochemical properties of La0.58Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ (LSCF) thin films with well defined microstructures have been investigated. Symmetrical cells were characterized by impedance spectroscopy in the temperature range from 625 to 750°C and the oxygen partial pressure, range from 10-2 to 1 atm. The area specific resistance for dense films was invariant with thicknesses between 130 and 1200 nm indicating oxygen surface exchange as the process limiting oxygen transport in the films. The capacitances deduced from the impedance data show a linear dependence with the film thickness. Values were as high as 0.2 F cm-2 suggesting a chemical capacitance. The oxygen non-stoichiometry was calculated using the measured chemical capacitance and a defect chemistry model. While dense films have an area specific resistance of 8 Ω cm2 at 750°C, porous films with an increase of the surface area by 26 times have only an area specific resistance of 0.38 Ω cm2. It is shown that the polarization resistance of thin films is approximately proportional to the inverse of the surface area of the porous cathodes in the temperature regime 625 to 750°C. The activation energy of the surface oxygen exchange process depends on the thin film microstructure as it decreased from 2.4 eV for dense films to 1.6 eV for porous films.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of The Electrochemical Society
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)471-482
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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