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The effect of compressive strain on the Raman modes of the dry and hydrated BaCe0.8Y0.2O3 proton conductor

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2011
Author Chen Qianli, Huang Tzu-Wen, Baldini Maria, Hushur Anwar, Pomjakushin Vladimir, Clark Simon, Mao Wendy, Manghnani Murli, Braun Artur, Graule Thomas,
Project Effect of lattice volume and imperfections on the proton-phonon coupling in proton conducting lanthanide transition metal oxides: High pressure and high temperature neutron and impedance studies
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal The Journal of Physical Chemistry C
Volume (Issue) 115(48)
Page(s) 24021 - 24027
Title of proceedings The Journal of Physical Chemistry C
DOI 10.1021/jp208525j

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Type of Open Access Repository (Green Open Access)


The BaCe0.8Y0.2O3-δ proton conductor under hydration and under compressive strain has been analyzed with high pressure Raman spectroscopy and high pressure x-ray diffraction. The pressure dependent variation of the Ag and B2g bending modes from the O-Ce-O unit is sup-pressed when the proton conductor is hydrated, affecting directly the proton transfer by locally changing the electron density of the oxygen ions. Compressive strain causes a hardening of the Ce-O stretching bond, with the pressure coefficient Δν/Δp = 4.32±0.05 cm-1/GPa being the same for the dry and hydrated sample. As a result of this hardening of the lattice vibrations, the activation barrier for proton conductivity is raised, in line with recent findings using high pressure and high temperature impedance spectroscopy. Hydration also offsets slightly the Ce-O B1g and B3g stretching modes by around 2 cm-1 towards higher wave numbers, revealing an increase of the bond strength of Ce-O. The (20-2) Bragg reflections do not change during pressurizing and thus reveal that the oxygen occupying the O2 site displaces only along the b-axis. The increasing Raman frequency of the B1g and B3g modes thus implies that the phonons become hardened and increase the vibration energy in the a-c crystal plane upon compressive strain, whereas phonons are relaxed in the b-axis, and thus reveal softening of the Ag and B2g modes. Lattice toughening in the a-c crystal plane raises therefore a higher activation barrier for proton transfer and thus anisotropic conductivity. Particularly for the development of epitaxial strained proton conducting thin film devices with lower activation energy, such anisotropy has to be taken quantitatively into account. The experimental findings of the interaction of protons with the ceramic host lattice under external strain may provide a general guideline for yet to develop epitaxial strained proton conducting thin film systems with high proton mobility and low activation energy.