Journal of Electroceramics

, Volume 18, Issue 1–2, pp 111–120 | Cite as

Oxygen reduction at thin dense La0.52Sr0.48Co0.18Fe0.82O3–δ electrodes

Part II: Experimental assessment of the reaction kinetics
  • Michel Prestat
  • Anna Infortuna
  • Sybille Korrodi
  • Samuel Rey-Mermet
  • Paul Muralt
  • Ludwig J. Gauckler


The mechanism and kinetics of oxygen reduction at thin dense two-dimensional \( {\text{La}}_{{0.52}} {\text{Sr}}_{{0.48}} {\text{Co}}_{{0.18}} {\text{Fe}}_{{0.82}} {\text{O}}_{{3 - \delta }} \) (LSCF) electrodes have been investigated in air between 500 and 700 °C with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and steady-state voltammetry. Dense and geometrically well-defined LSCF films with various thicknesses ranging between 16 and 766 nm have been prepared on cerium gadolinium oxide substrates by pulsed laser deposition and structured with photolithography. The current collection was ensured by a porous LSCF layer. A good agreement was found between the experimental data and the impedance of the reaction model calculated with state-space modelling for various electrode potentials and thicknesses. It was evidenced that oxygen adsorption, incorporation into the LSCF and bulk diffusion are rate-determining while charge transfer at the electrode/electrolyte interface remains at quasi-equilibrium. The 16 and 60 nm thin dense LSCF electrodes appear to be more active towards oxygen reduction than thicker layers and porous films at 600 and 700°C.


Oxygen reduction Solid oxide fuel cells Dense films Impedance spectroscopy Grain size 



The financial support of ETH-Zurich (project TH-6/00-2) is gratefully acknowledged. The authors thank L. Cavalli, S. Schlumpf and M. Koch for excellent technical support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michel Prestat
    • 1
  • Anna Infortuna
    • 1
  • Sybille Korrodi
    • 1
  • Samuel Rey-Mermet
    • 2
  • Paul Muralt
    • 2
  • Ludwig J. Gauckler
    • 1
  1. 1.ETH-ZurichInstitute for Nonmetallic Inorganic MaterialsZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Ceramics LaboratoryÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland

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