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High performance Mn1.3Co1.3Cu0.4O4 spinel based composite cathodes for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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Abstract

Herein, we developed a Mn1.3Co1.3Cu0.4O4 (MCCO) spinel for use as a new ORR catalyst for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) applications. The addition of Cu to the (Mn,Co)3O4 spinel effectively promoted the oxidation states of Mn ions, which were mostly positioned at octahedral sites. This effect facilitated small polaron hopping with a narrow band gap, resulting in high electrical conductivity of MCCO. An SOFC employing the MCCO–Sc0.1Zr0.89Ce0.01O1.95 composite cathode yielded extraordinarily high power-output values of 1.92 and 1.38 W cm−2, at 800 and 700 °C, respectively. To the best of our knowledge, this result indicates the best performance among all SOFCs with any spinel-based cathodes to date.

Graphical abstract: High performance Mn1.3Co1.3Cu0.4O4 spinel based composite cathodes for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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The article was received on 02 Jul 2019, accepted on 08 Aug 2019 and first published on 08 Aug 2019


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C9TA07069A
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2019, Advance Article

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    High performance Mn1.3Co1.3Cu0.4O4 spinel based composite cathodes for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells

    I. Thaheem, K. J. Kim, J. J. Lee, D. W. Joh, I. Jeong and K. T. Lee, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9TA07069A

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