[Truncated abstract] In this dissertation an investigation into the utility of mechanochemically synthesized nanopowders for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell components is reported. The results are presented in the following parts: the synthesis and characterisation of precursors for ceramic and cermet components for the fuel cell; the physical and electrical characterisation of the electrolyte and electrodes; and the fabrication, operation and analysis of the resulting fuel cells. Samarium-doped (20 mol%) ceria (SDC) nanopowder was fabricated by the solid-state mechanochemical reaction between SmCl3 with NaOH and Ce(OH)4 in 85 vol% dilution with NaCl. A milling time of 4 hours and heat treatment for 2 hours at 700°C yielded a material with equivalent particle and crystallite sizes of 17 nm. The existence of a complete solid solution was affirmed by electron energy loss spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction analysis. Doped-ceria compacts were sintered for 4 hours at 1350°C forming ceramics of 88% theoretical density.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2005|