Investigating phase behavior and structural changes in NiO/Ni-YSZ composite with monochromatic in-situ 2D and static 3D neutron imaging

Malgorzata G. Makowska, Markus Strobl*, Nikolay Kardjilov, Henrik Lund Frandsen, Ingo Manke, Manuel Morgano, Monica-Elisabeta Lacatusu, Salvatore De Angelis, Erik Mejdal Lauridsen, Luise Theil Kuhn

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Abstract

In this work, we report neutron imaging studies of redox cycling of NiO/Ni-8YSZ (nickel/nickel oxide – yttria stabilized zirconia) composite used for electrodes in solid oxide electrochemical cells for efficient energy conversion (power-to-gas and vice versa) purposes (i.e. for anodes in solid oxide fuel cells, and for cathodes in solid oxide electrolysis cells). Results of in-situ 2D and ex-situ 3D measurements are presented. In-situ observation of phase transition between NiO and Ni were performed at the test Beamline for neutron Optics and other Applications (BOA) at the continuous neutron source SINQ of Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI, Switzerland) by means of monochromatic neutron imaging, and post mortem monochromatic neutron tomography was performed at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB) at the BER II reactor using the CONRAD-2 imaging instrument. Combining both time resolved radiography and post mortem tomography provides complementary information about the reduction/oxidation degree and e.g. crack evolution in the investigated system and it is therefore possible to acquire information about the rate of chemical reactions and spatial evolution of phases and morphological features.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
Volume551
Pages (from-to)24-18
ISSN0921-4526
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Neutron imaging
  • Bragg edge imaging
  • Neutron tomography

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