Ionic conductivity in Sm-doped ceria from first-principles non-equilibrium molecular dynamics
2016 (English)In: Solid State Ionics, ISSN 0167-2738, E-ISSN 1872-7689, Vol. 296, 47-53 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Sm-doped ceria is a prospective electrolyte material for intermediate-temperature solid-oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFC). Equi- librium ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) studies of oxygen ion diffusion in this material are currently impractical due to the rareness of diffusive events on the accessible timescale. To overcome this issue we have performed ab ini- tio non-equilibrium molecular dynamics calculations of Sm-doped ceria using the color-diffusion algorithm. Applying an external force field we have been able to increase the frequency of diffusive events over the simulation time, while keeping the physical mechanism of diffusion intact. We have investigated the temperature dependence of the maximum strength of the applied external field that could be used while maintaining the response of the system in a linear regime. This allows one to obtain the diffusivity at zero field. The bulk ionic conductivity has been calculated and found to match the experimental data well. We have also compared the description of the diffusion process by our method to previous findings and show that the migration mechanism and site preference of oxygen vacancies with respect to the Sm dopants is well reproduced.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 296, 47-53 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-192499DOI: 10.1016/j.ssi.2016.08.011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-192499DiVA: diva2:968976
QC 201609132016-09-132016-09-132016-09-13Bibliographically approved