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Ionic conductivity in nanocrystalline Gd doped ceria

  • Gianguido Baldinozzi (a1), David Simeone (a1), Dominique Gosset (a1), Mickael Dollé (a1) and Georgette Petot-Ervas (a1)...

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We have synthesized Gd-doped ceria polycrystalline samples (5, 10, 15 %mol), having relative densities exceeding 95% and grain sizes between 30 and 160 nm after axial hot pressing (750 °C, 250 MPa). The samples were prepared by sintering nanopowders obtained by sol-gel chemistry methods having a very narrow size distribution centered at about 16 nm. SEM and X-ray diffraction were performed to characterize the sample microstructures and to assess their structures. We report ionic conductivity measurements using impedance spectroscopy. It is important to investigate the properties of these systems with sub-micrometric grains and as a function of their composition. Therefore, samples having micrometric and nanometric grain sizes (and different Gd content) were studied. Evidence of Gd segregation near the grain boundaries is given and the impact on the ionic conductivity, as a function of the grain size and Gd composition, is discussed and compared to microcrystalline samples.

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