In search of enhanced electrolyte materials: a case study of doubly doped ceria

Pratik P. Dholabhai, James B. Adams, Peter A. Crozier, Renu Sharma
2011 Journal of Materials Chemistry  
Various compositions of gadolinium-praseodymium doubly doped ceria (GPDC) have been studied to elucidate the effect of two co-dopants in enhancing the ionic conductivity. A Kinetic Lattice Monte Carlo (KLMC) model of vacancy diffusion in GPDC has been developed, which uses activation energies obtained from DFT-calculations for vacancy migration in gadolinium-doped ceria (GDC) and praseodymium-doped ceria (PDC) as input. In order to identify the optimal composition of electrolyte materials for
more » ... lid oxide fuel cells, three different classes of GPDC were studied; (i) Gd rich (ii) Pr rich and (iii) equal Gd-Pr content. It is assumed that the Gd and Pr are 100% ionized to Gd 3+ and Pr 3+ . KLMC simulations showed that GPDC compositions with ≈ 0.20 mole fraction to 0.25 mole fraction of total dopant content exhibited the maximum ionic conductivity. Among the three classes studied, Gd-rich GPDC is found to have the highest conductivity for the temperature ranging 873 K to 1073 K. The optimal co-doped compositions were found to be slightly temperature dependent. Analysis of vacancy migration pathways for millions of jump events show that GPDC has a slightly higher number of next neighbor jumps, which seems to explain most of the reason why GPDC has a higher ionic conductivity than PDC or GDC. The current KLMC calculations present a novel approach to study doubly doped ceria, as so far the theoretical results for ceria-based materials have been limited to mono-doped ceria.
doi:10.1039/c1jm14417k fatcat:4z7friabxfgspi6klrfsl7ttya