An A-Site-Deficient Perovskite offers High Activity and Stability for Low-Temperature Solid-Oxide Fuel Cells

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  • Yinlong Zhu,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, No. 5 Xin Mofan Road, Nanjing 210009 (PR China)
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  • Dr. Zhi-Gang Chen,

    1. School of Materials Engineering and Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland 4072 (Australia)
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  • Dr. Wei Zhou,

    Corresponding author
    1. School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland 4072 (Australia)
    • Wei Zhou, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland 4072 (Australia)

      Zongping Shao, State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, No. 5 Xin Mofan Road, Nanjing 210009 (PR China)

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  • Shanshan Jiang,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, No. 5 Xin Mofan Road, Nanjing 210009 (PR China)
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  • Prof. Jin Zou,

    1. School of Materials Engineering and Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland 4072 (Australia)
    2. Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland 4072 (Australia)
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  • Prof. Zongping Shao

    Corresponding author
    1. State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, No. 5 Xin Mofan Road, Nanjing 210009 (PR China)
    • Wei Zhou, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland 4072 (Australia)

      Zongping Shao, State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, No. 5 Xin Mofan Road, Nanjing 210009 (PR China)

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Abstract

Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) directly convert fossil and/or renewable fuels into electricity and/or high-quality heat in an environmentally friendly way. However, high operating temperatures result in high cost and material issues, which have limited the commercialization of SOFCs. To lower their operating temperatures, highly active and stable cathodes are required to maintain a reasonable power output. Here, we report a layer-structured A-site deficient perovskite Sr0.95Nb0.1Co0.9O3−δ (SNC0.95) prepared by solid-state reactions that shows not only high activity towards the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) at operating temperatures below 600 °C, but also offers excellent structural stability and compatibility, and improved CO2 resistivity. An anode-supported fuel cell with SNC0.95 cathode delivers a peak power density as high as 1016 mW cm−2 with an electrode-area-specific resistance of 0.052 Ω cm2 at 500 °C.

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