Nanoporous silver cathodes surface-treated by atomic layer deposition of Y:ZrO2 for high-performance low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells

You Kai Li, Hyung Jong Choi, Ho Keun Kim, Neoh Ke Chean, Manjin Kim, Junmo Koo, Heon Jae Jeong, Dong Young Jang, Joon Hyung Shim

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Abstract We report high-performance solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) with silver cathodes surface-treated using yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) nano-particulates fabricated by atomic layer deposition (ALD). Fuel cell tests are conducted on gadolinia-doped ceria electrolyte pellets with a platinum anode at 250-450 °C. In our tests, the fuel cell performance of the SOFCs with an optimized ALD YSZ surface treatment is close to that of SOFCs with porous Pt, which is known as the best performing catalyst in the low-temperature regime. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy confirms that the performance enhancement is due to improved electrode kinetics by the increase in charge transfer reaction sites between the surface of supporting silver and the ALD-YSZ particulates. Fuel cell durability tests shows that the ALD YSZ surface treatment improves the long-term stability. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy also confirms that the ALD YSZ capping prevents reduction of the surface silver oxide and destruction of the mesh morphology.

Original languageEnglish
Article number21420
Pages (from-to)175-181
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jul 14


  • Atomic layer deposition
  • Cathode
  • Silver
  • Solid oxide fuel cells
  • Yttria-stabilized zirconia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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