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    Sr 2G aScO 5, Sr 1 0G a 6Sc 4O 2 5 and SrG a 0 .7 5Sc 0 .2 5O 2 .5: a play in oc- tahedra to tetrahedra ratio in oxygen-deficient pero v- skites. Sergey V. Chernov1, Yuri A. Dobrovolsky1, Sergey Ya. Istomin2*, Evgeny V. Antipov2, Jekabs Grins3, Gunnar Svensson3, Nadezhda V. Tarakina4, 5, Artem M. Abakumov5, Gustaaf Van Tendeloo5, Sten G. Eriksson6, Seikh M.H. Rahman6

    1. Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics, RAS, Acad. Semenov av., 1, 142432 Chernogolovka, Moscow Re- gion, Russia

    2. Department of Chemistry, Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory, 119991 Moscow, Russia

    3. Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Stockholm University, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden

    4. Physikalisches Institut, Universität Würzburg, Am Hubland, D-97074 Würzburg, Germany

    5. EMAT, University of Antwerp, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp, Belgium

    6. Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 Gothenburg, Sweden.

    KEYWORDS: oxygen deficient perovskite, crystal structure, proton conductors, oxide-ion conductors.

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    ABSTRACT: Three different perovskite-related phases were isolated in the SrGa 1-x Sc

    x O

    2.5 system: Sr

    2 GaScO

    5 ,

    Sr 10 Ga

    6 Sc

    4 O

    25 and SrGa

    0.75 Sc

    0.25 O

    2.5 . Sr

    2 GaScO

    5 (x = 0.5) crystallizes in a brownmillerite type structure (S.G. Icmm, a =

    5.91048(5) Å, b = 15.1594(1) Å and c = 5.70926(4) Å) with complete ordering of Sc3+ and Ga3+ over octahedral and tetra- hedral positions, respectively. The crystal structure of Sr

    10 Ga

    6 Sc

    4 O


    (x = 0.4) was determined by the Monte Carlo meth- od and refined using a combination of X-ray, neutron and electron diffraction data (S.G. I4

    1 /a, a = 17.517(1) Å; c =

    32.830(3) Å). It represents a novel type of ordering of the B-cations and oxygen vacancies in perovskites. The crystal structure of Sr

    10 Ga

    6 Sc

    4 O

    25 can be described as a stacking of eight perovskite layers along the c-axis ...[- (Sc/Ga)O

    1.6 - SrO


    - (Sc/Ga)O 1.8 - SrO

    0.8 -]

    2 .... Similar to Sr

    2 GaScO

    5 ,

    this structure features a complete ordering of the Sc3+ and Ga3+ cations

    over octahedral and tetrahedral positions, respectively, within each layer. A specific feature of the crystal structure of Sr

    10 Ga

    6 Sc

    4 O

    25 is that 1/3 of the tetrahedra have one vertex not connected with other Sc/Ga cations. Further partial re-

    placement of Sc3+ by Ga3+ leads to the formation of the cubic perovskite phase SrGa 0.75 Sc

    0.25 O

    2.5 (x = 0.25) with a = 3.9817(4)

    Å. This compound incorporates water molecules in the structure forming SrGa 0.75 Sc

    0.25 O

    2.5 xH

    2 O hydrate, which exhibits

    proton conductivity ∼2.0·10-6 S/cm at 673K.

    1. INTRODUCTION Oxygen-deficient perovskites are known to have vari-

    ous important industrial applications, including high- temperature electrochemical devices, such as Solid Ox- ide Fuel Cells (SOFC). In SOFC, electrical energy is obtained through the conversion of chemical energy released in the Red-Ox reaction between the fuel, e.g.

    hydrogen (at the anode) and oxygen (at the cathode). Depending on the utilized type of ionic conductivity, SOFC can be classified into proton or oxide-ion con- ductors. The former includes different high- temperature proton conducting materials like doped cerium or zirconium perovskites ABO

    3 , A = Sr, Ba; B =

    Ce; Zr, or oxygen-deficient perovskite-related niobium

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    and tantalum oxides like A 6-2x B

    2+2x O

    11+3x ; A = alkaline-earth; B

    = Nb, Ta (see, for example, a recent review 1). The latter includes various oxygen-deficient compounds, e.g. Zr


    x Y

    x O

    2-x/2 (YSZ) and La

    1-x Sr

    x Ga

    1-y Mg

    y O

    3-z (LSGM) with fluorite

    and perovskite related structures respectively.

    Among oxide-ion conductors with negligible electron- ic conductivity, complex oxides of the group 13 ele- ments demonstrate the highest oxide-ion conductivity. This is related to a flexibility of the oxygen coordination environment for these elements, especially characteris- tic for the Ga3+ and In3+ cations. Thus the oxide-ion con- ductivity of LSGM outperforms traditional SOFC mate- rials like YSZ 2, 3 and is considered as a base for the in- termediate-temperature SOFC (IT-SOFC), operating at 500-700oC. However, the use of LSGM in SOFC is re- stricted by difficulties in obtaining single-phase materi- al, the volatility of gallium at high temperatures and its high reactivity towards metallic Ni, often used as a component of anodes in SOFC. Another example is Ba

    2 In

    2 O

    5 with the brownmillerite structure which trans-

    forms at ~930oC to the disordered perovskite with high oxide-ion conductivity 4. The cubic perovskite phase can be stabilized by appropriate doping, and Ba

    0.3 Sr

    0.2 La

    0.5 InO


    is known to exhibit oxide-ion conductivity up to 0.1 S/cm at 800oC 5.

    Perovskite-like oxides A2+(B3+,B’3+)O 2.5 , A = Sr, Ba and B =

    group 13 element; B’ = other trivalent cation with invar- iable oxidation state like Sc3+ or small rare-earth cations, can be of interest as fast oxide-ion conductors used as electrolytes in SOFC since they possess high concen- tration of oxygen vacancies. In these oxides the large B’ cation preferentially occupies octahedral positions, whereas the group 13 element has coordination num- ber < 6. Ba

    2 AlScO

    5 6 and Ba

    2 GaScO

    5 7 have ordered struc-

    tures with the hexagonal closed packing of the BaO x

    layers (so called anion-deficient hexagonal perovskites). In the Sr(Sc,Al)O


    system several compounds have been reported. SrAl

    0.75 Sc

    0.25 O

    2.5 has a cubic structure (a = 7.9078(4)

    Å) with oxygen vacancies randomly distributed around two B-cation sites 8. Y. Takeda et al. 9 have reported the formation of the cubic SrAl

    0.5 Sc

    0.5 O

    2.5 perovskite with a =

    3.9554(6) Å and the perovskite related phases in the compositional range SrAl

    0.5-x Sc

    0.5+x O

    2.5 , 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.15.

    SrAl 0.5 Sc

    0.5 O

    2.5 exhibits low oxide-ion conductivity of ~10-4

    S/cm at 1000oC.

    In the present paper we report on the investigation of the SrGa

    1-x Sc

    x O

    2.5 system, where three novel oxygen-

    deficient perovskites have been isolated: SrGa 0.75 Sc

    0.25 O


    with the cubic perovskite structure, brownmillerite type Sr

    2 GaScO

    5 , and Sr

    10 Ga

    6 Sc

    4 O

    25 with a novel type of order-

    ing of the B-cations and oxygen vacancies. The high- temperature conductivity of SrGa

    0.75 Sc

    0.25 O

    2.5 in various at-

    mospheres including wet gases was also studied.


    Samples of SrGa 1-x Sc

    x O

    2.5 , 0.05≤x≤0.75 were prepared by

    the polyacrylamid gel synthesis 10. Stoichiometric mix- tures of Sc

    2 O

    3 , Ga

    2 O

    3 , SrCO

    3 were dissolved in a minimal

    amount of concentrated HNO 3 . Thereafter an aqueous

    solution of ammonium citrate (NH 3 )

    3 (cit) was added. The

    amount of citrate was calculated according to the che- late formula ML

    n , where M is the metal, n its valence,

    and L ligand (citric acid). Finally, the pH of the solution was adjusted to 7 by adding of aqueous NH

    3 . Acryla-

    mide and N'N'-methylendiacrylamide in a quantity of 6 g and 1 g per 100 ml of solution, respectively, were dis- solved separately in distilled water and mixed with the citrate solution. The resulted solution was heated up to boiling whereupon a few grains of a,a'- Azoisobutyronitrile (AIBN) were added. The solution turned into a transparent colorless gel, which was placed into furnace and slowly heated in air at a rate of 2K/min up to 1173K and kept at this temperature for 2 hours. The obtained powder was grinded, pressed in pellets and heated at 1473-1673K for 15-24 hours.

    For the preparation of the Zr-doped samples SrGa

    0.5 Sc

    0.5-x Zr

    x O

    2.5+x/2, , x = 0.01-0.12; �x = 0.01 stoichiometric

    mixtures of Sc 2 O

    3 and Ga

    2 O

    3 were dissolved in minimal

    quantity of concentrated nitric acid. The obtained solu- tion together with stoichiometric amounts of SrCO

    3 and

    ZrO(NO 3 )

    2 �5.3H

    2 O were added into the melt of citric acid

    and heated on a hot plate in air to achieve the for- mation of a brown viscous mass. Further annealing was performed at 873K for 2 hours. The obtained powder was grinded, pressed in pellets, and finally heated in air at 1673K for 15 hours.

    The phase purity of the compounds was checked by X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) recorded with a Hu- ber G670 Guinier diffractometer (CuK

    �1 radiation, image

    foil detector). High-temperature X-ray powder diffrac- tion (HT XRPD) data for SrGa

    0.75 Sc

    0.25 O

    2.5 and room-

    temperature data for the Rietveld refinement of Sr

    2 GaScO