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J. Korean Ceram. Soc. > Volume 59(4); 2022 > Article
Journal of the Korean Ceramic Society 2022;59(4): 473-479.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s43207-022-00200-5
Electrochemical characteristics of La0.8Sr0.2MnO3 (LSM)–scandia‑stabilized zirconia (ScSZ) composite cathode
Hyeongwon Jeong, Bharat Sharma, Seungyeon Jo, Yo Han Kim, Jae‑ha Myung
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Incheon National University, Incheon 22012, Korea
Correspondence  Jae‑ha Myung ,Email: mjaeha@inu.ac.kr
Received: September 8, 2021; Revised: March 22, 2022   Accepted: March 27, 2022.  Published online: July 31, 2022.
LSM–ScSZ composite electrode for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) cathode application has been investigated for its oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) performance. The composition and sintering temperature of LSM–ScSZ were controlled to determine the optimized microstructure of the LSM–ScSZ electrode layer, considering its length of triple-phase boundaries (TPBs), and transfer of oxygen for cathode reaction. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) method with an equivalent circuit model was introduced to characterize the specifc impedance of each sample. The results demonstrated that volume ratio of LSM:ScSZ=6:4 sintered at 1200 °C sample showed the lowest total impedance of 0.031 Ω cm2 at 900 °C operating temperature, compensating slightly increased high-frequency impedance (RHF) of TPBs region with drastically improved the active surface of LSM area and their connectivity, which correspond to middle- and low-frequency impedance (RMF and RLF) value, respectively. This study suggests an integrated approach in the development of the SOFCs cathode design with the proper compositional ratio and sintering process via using commercial materials.
Key words: SOFC · Cathode · Impedance spectroscopy · Oxygen reduction reaction
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