Effect of Pressurization on Solid Oxide Cell Oxygen Electrodes: The Role of PrOxNanoparticle Infiltration

Jerren Grimes, Scott A. Barnett*

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Pressurization of solid oxide cells improves performance by reducing electrode polarization resistance (R P ) and facilitates system integration with balance of plant components such as pressurized storage tanks. However, there are few reports on pressurization effects for electrodes designed for low-temperature operation and utilizing infiltrated catalysts. Here we report an electrochemical impedance spectroscopy study of high performing oxygen electrode materials, SrTi0.3Fe0.63Co0.07O3-∂ (STFC) and PrOx infiltrated STFC, for oxygen partial pressures (p_O_2) from 0.1 to 8 atm and temperatures from 550 to 650 C. RP decreases more with pressurization for STFC:PrOx, fitting well to RP {p}_{{O}_{2}}{-n} with an exponent n∼0.3, compared to n∼0.25 for STFC. The combination of PrOx infiltration and pressurization yields a substantial RP decrease, e.g., at 600 C by ∼7 times from 0.36 Ω cm2 at {p}{{O}_{2}} = 0.2 atm for STFC to 0.055 Ω cm2 at {p}{{O}{2}} = 4 atm for STFC:PrOx. A transmission-line-based circuit model impedance fit reveals that the significant oxygen surface reaction (Rsurf) resistance contribution decreases substantially with PrOx infiltration; and its {p}{{O}{2}} dependence become more pronounced, with n increasing from ∼0.25 to ∼0.5. Rsurf for STFC:PrOx decreases so much at elevated {p}{{O}{2}} that the electrode/electrolyte interface resistance dominates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number084514
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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