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Heterobimetallic Ba–Co aminopolycarboxylate complexes as precursors for BaCoO3-δ oxides; towards a one-stage-deposition of cobaltite films

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Abstract

Aminopolycarboxylate (APC) ligands have been selected to prepare seven new heterobimetallic barium-cobalt complexes as molecular precursors for BaCoO3-δ oxide materials. The use of APC = nitrilotriacetate (nta3−), ethylenediaminetetraacetate (edta4−), cyclohexane-1,2-diaminetetraacetate (cdta4) and diethylenetriaminepentaacetate (dtpa5) polydentate chelating agents enables the possible incorporation of Ba and CoII or CoIII in a 1 : 1 ratio. The crystal structure of the new BaCoII(nta)CH3COO·2H2O and BaCo(cdta)·5H2O have been refined from single crystal X-ray diffraction data. Our choice for the barium-cobalt system is based on the existence of a number of distinct BaCoO3-δ hexagonal perovskite polytypes, depending on the oxygen stoichiometry. It yields an easy probing of the cobalt oxidation state after thermal treatments. Temperature controlled X-ray diffraction (TCXRD) technique has been used to characterize the phases in competition upon thermal cycles of the precursors. The influences of the nature of ligands, initial cobalt oxidation state, temperature and working atmosphere on the process of formation of the mixed-oxide have been investigated. All the APC-precursors show appearance of a mixture of crystallized barium carbonate and Co3O4 in various ratio during the degradation process under air or flowing oxygen at 350–450 °C. Further thermal treatment under flowing oxygen leads to pure submicronic 2H-BaCoO3-δ above 650 °C in the case of cdta complexes, i.e. in softer conditions compared to the solid state route performed under high oxygen pressure. No essential influence of the cobalt valence in the precuror complexes was observed regarding the target BaCoO3-δ oxygen non stoichiometry. Finally, with a view to access porous electrodes for SOFCs, we demonstrated the possibility of one-stage-deposition of BaCoO3-δ layers on dense YSZ substrates, with a relatively good adherence, via the high temperature degradation of these complexes.

Graphical abstract: Heterobimetallic Ba–Co aminopolycarboxylate complexes as precursors for BaCoO3-δ oxides; towards a one-stage-deposition of cobaltite films

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The article was received on 12 Apr 2010, accepted on 18 Aug 2010 and first published on 06 Oct 2010


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0JM01012J
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2010,20, 10724-10734
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    Heterobimetallic Ba–Co aminopolycarboxylate complexes as precursors for BaCoO3-δ oxides; towards a one-stage-deposition of cobaltite films

    I. Bulimestru, O. Mentré, N. Tancret, A. Rolle, N. Djelal, L. Burylo, N. Cornei, N. Popa and A. Gulea, J. Mater. Chem., 2010, 20, 10724
    DOI: 10.1039/C0JM01012J

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