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Epitaxial 8YSZ/Y2Zr2O7 multilayers: a conductivity and strain study

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Thin films of Y2Zr2O7 were grown via pulsed laser deposition (PLD) on substrates of MgO(110), Al2O3(0001) and Al2O3(1[1 with combining macron]02). Electrical properties were investigated via electrical impedance spectroscopy. Unexpectedly, the ionic conductivity is not affected by the microstructure; only minor differences in conductivities and activation energies were measured between epitaxial thin films (on MgO) and textured thin films (on Al2O3, both orientations). This indicates the grain boundaries of such a material to only marginally block the oxygen vacancy transport. Starting from these results, epitaxial multilayers of Y2Zr2O7 and 8 mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia with same overall thickness (between 60 and 70 nm) and different number of interfaces (from 1 up to 9) have been deposited on MgO(110) and the role of the residual compressive strain on the electrical properties has been investigated by means of XRD analysis and impedance spectroscopy. The results, showing no effect of the strain field on the ionic conductivity, indicate the negligible effect of the compressive strain on the ionic transport properties of the material.

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The article was received on 18 May 2018, accepted on 10 Jul 2018 and first published on 11 Jul 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8CP03166E
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, Advance Article
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    Epitaxial 8YSZ/Y2Zr2O7 multilayers: a conductivity and strain study

    E. Gilardi, G. Gregori and J. Maier, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8CP03166E

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