Title

Stress relaxation of La1/2Sr1/2MnO3 and La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 at solid oxide fuel cell interfaces

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-30-2008

Abstract

Interfacial stress is thought to have significant effects on electrical and oxygen transport properties in thin films of importance in solid oxide fuel cell applications. We investigate how in-plane biaxial stress modifies the electronic structure of La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 and La1/2Sr1/2MnO3 thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition on three different substrates to vary the in-plane stress from tensile to compressive. The electronic structure was probed by X-ray absorption spectroscopy of the Mn L2,3-edge to characterize the interfacial disruption in this region in an element-specific, site-specific manner. The compressive or tensile interfacial strain modifies the relative concentrations of La and Sr in the interfacial region in order to achieve a better lattice match to the contact material. This atomic migration generates an interfacial region dominated by a compound with a single valency for the transition metal ion, resulting in a severe barrier to oxygen and electron transport through this region. © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Thin Solid Films

First Page

880

Last Page

884

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