Phase Composition and Long-Term Conductivity of Acceptor Doped Ce(PO3)4 and CeP2O7 with Variable P/Metal Ratio and of CeP2O7-KH2PO4 Composite

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The thermal evolution of the phase composition of CeP2O7 and Ce(PO3)4 with 10 mol% Y and Gd doping, respectively, was examined by in-situ powder X-ray diffraction and thermogravimetry with in-line mass spectroscopy. The phase composition depends critically on the P to metal ratio, the annealing temperature, humidity and time. CeP2O7 and Ce(PO3)4 were completely decomposed to CePO4 following a 1100 h long conductivity test at 155°C. The conductivity of 10 mol% Gd doped Ce(PO3)4 (synthesized with P:(Ce + Gd) = 5.0) reaches a value of 6.4·10−2 S·cm−1 at 150°C under wet conditions (pH2O = 0.2 atm). The conductivity of 10 mol% Y doped CeP2O7 (synthesized with P:(Ce + Y) = 3.1) was 1.9·10−2 S·cm−1 under the same conditions. Long term conductivity measurements are reported here for the first time and the effect of repeated hydration-dehydration cycles on the conductivity is examined. Exsolution of PmOn and increase of the highly hygroscopic amorphous secondary phase significantly affects the conducting properties. KH2PO4 was observed to re-crystallize and form amorphous potassium phosphate at temperatures above 100°C in the 10 mol% Y doped CeP2O7:KH2PO4 composite (synthesized with P:(Ce + Y) = 3.1) resulting in a conductivity value of 2.6·10−2 S·cm−1 at 150°C and pH2O = 0.2 atm.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)F798-F805
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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