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Title: Phase stability and processing of Sr and Mg doped lanthanum gallate
Author: Zheng, Feng, 1962-
Abstract: Fuel Cells are one of the most promising energy transformers with respect to ecological and environmental issues. Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) are all solid-state devices. One of the challenges to improve a SOFC is to lower the operating temperature while maintaining or increasing its output voltage.Undoped LaGaO3 is an insulator, doping transforms it into an oxygen-ionic conductor. Sr and Mg doped LaGaO3 (LSGM) perovskite is a new oxygen-ionic conductor with higher conductivity than yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ). This material is a candidate for a wide variety of electrochemical devices. In order to realize this potential, the phase stability and processing of this material needs to be investigated in detail.In this study, a systematic investigation of the LSGM materials in terms of phase stability, phase transition, sintering, microstructure and electrical conductivity as functions of temperature, doping content and A/B cation ratio has been carried out. The generalized formula of the materials investigated is (La1--xSrx)A(Ga1--yMg y)BO3--delta. Optimized processing parameters have been obtained by investigating their impact on density change and microstructure. Consequently, a suitable compositional window of the LSGM perovskite has been identified for SOFC electrolyte applications. Based on detailed diffraction analysis, it is found that the undoped LaGaO3 takes on the orthorhombic (Pbnm) symmetry at room temperature. This structure changes to rhombohedral (R3c) at 147 +/- 2°C or changes to monoclinic (I2/a) when the doping level increases from 0.1 to 0.2 moles.We have optimized the compositional window to make the single perovskite phase with high oxygen ionic conductivity (x = 0.10 to 0.20 with A/B ratio between 0.98 to 1.02). The best processing condition, starting from glycine nitrate process (GNP) combustion synthesized ultra-fine LSGM powder, is sintering in air at 1500°C for 2 hours. The doped material has higher oxygen ionic conductivity than YSZ at all temperatures. In addition, based on the structure and phase relations, a high temperature phase diagram for this system has been proposed. Finally, a model has been proposed to account for the high ionic conductivity of this material and to explain the effect of the doping content and the stoichiometry on the ionic conductivity. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)
Description: Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Washington, 2000

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