Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
The motivation of this investigation is to explore the possibility of using the depth profile capability of XPS to study interfaces after SOFC button cell testing. The literature uses XPS to study various cathode materials but has devoted little to the understanding of various cathode interfaces especially after testing. In this work, an SOFC button cell is first tested, and then, the LSCF cathode, barrier layer, and electrolyte are sputtered away to study the behavior of different interfaces. This work has shown that some elements have moved into other layers of the SOFC cell. It is argued that the migration of the elements is partly due to a redeposition mechanism after atoms are sputtered away, while the rest is due to interdiffusion between the SDC and YSZ layers. However, additional work is needed to better understand the mechanism by which atoms move around at different interfaces. The cell electrochemical performance is also discussed in some details but is not the focus.
© 2018 Gianfranco DiGiuseppe et al.
DiGiuseppe, Gianfranco; Boddapati, Venkatesh; and Mothikhana, Hiten, "XPS Studies of LSCF Interfaces afer Cell Testing" (2018). Mechanical Engineering Publications. 130.