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Reducing the operating temperature in the 500-750 °C range is needed for widespread use of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Proton-conducting oxides are gaining wide interest as electrolyte materials for this aim. We report the fabrication of BaZr(0.8)Y(0.2)O(3-δ) (BZY) proton-conducting electrolyte thin films by pulsed laser deposition on different(More)
SrTiO(3)/LaAlO(3) interfaces show an unprecedented photoconductivity effect that is persistent even at room temperature and giant as it gives rise to a conductivity increase of about 5 orders of magnitude at room temperature. The persistent photoconductivity effects play a paramount role in the still controversial intrinsic behavior of the SrTiO(3)/LaAlO(3)(More)
The increasing world population and the need to improve quality of life for a large percentage of human beings are the driving forces for the search for sustainable energy production systems, alternative to fossil fuel combustion. Among the various types of alternative energy production technologies, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) operating at intermediate(More)
Rapidly growing attention is being directed to the investigation of ionic conductivity in oxide film heterostructures. The main reason for this interest arises from interfacial phenomena in these heterostructures and their applications. Recent results revealed that heterophase interfaces have faster ionic conduction pathways than the bulk or homophase(More)
Biaxially textured epitaxial thin-film heterostructures of ceria and 8 mol % yttria-stabilized zirconia (8YSZ) were grown using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) with the aim to unravel the effect of the interfacial conductivity on the charge transport properties. Five different samples were fabricated, keeping the total thickness constant (300 nm), but with a(More)
High temperature proton conductor (HTPC) oxides are attracting extensive attention as electrolyte materials alternative to oxygen-ion conductors for use in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) operating at intermediate temperatures (400-700 °C). The need to lower the operating temperature is dictated by cost reduction for SOFC pervasive use. The major stake for(More)
The need for reducing the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) operating temperature below 600 °C is imposed by cost reduction, which is essential for widespread SOFC use, but might also disclose new applications. To this aim, high-temperature proton-conducting (HTPC) oxides have gained widespread interest as electrolyte materials alternative to oxygen-ion(More)
Highly textured thin films with small grain boundary regions can be used as model systems to directly measure the bulk conductivity of oxygen ion conducting oxides. Ionic conducting thin films and epitaxial heterostructures are also widely used to probe the effect of strain on the oxygen ion migration in oxide materials. For the purpose of these(More)
The nitrogen substitution into the oxygen sites of several oxide materials leads to a reduction of the band gap to the visible-light energy range, which makes these oxynitride semiconductors potential photocatalysts for efficient solar water splitting. Oxynitrides typically show a different crystal structure compared to the pristine oxide material. As the(More)
We performed a comparative study on the photoelectrochemical performance of LaTaON2 loaded with NiOx, Ni0.7Fe0.3Ox, CoOx and IrOx as cocatalysts. Ni-based oxides lead to the highest improvement on the photoelectrochemical performance, while CoOx and IrOx also enhance the performance though to a lower extent, but they simultaneously introduce more(More)