Au-Coated Lanthanum Strontium Cobalt Ferrite Cathode for Lowering Sheet Resistance of a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell

  • Yoon Ho Lee
  • Sanghoon Lee
  • Jianhuang Zeng
  • Suk Won ChaEmail author
  • Ikwhang ChangEmail author
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In this paper, we fabricate a thin film solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with a lanthanum strontium cobalt ferrite (LSCF) cathode which is coated with an Au layer by sputtering. The fabricated thin film SOFC has a 370-nm-thick Ni anode/880-nm-thick YSZ electrolyte/440-nm-thick LSCF cathode/130-nm-thick Au layer. The electrochemical performances of the thin film SOFC with the LSCF cathode coated with a 130-nm-thick Au layer and another SOFC without an Au layer are measured at the operating temperature of 600 °C. Since the LSCF cathode coated with a 130-nm-thick Au layer significantly lowers the sheet resistance (in-plane direction resistance), the peak power densities of the thin film SOFC with the LSCF cathode coated with a 130-nm-thick Au layer and the thin film SOFC with the LSCF cathode without a 130-nm-thick Au layer are 500 mW/cm2 and 49 mW/cm2, respectively. Due to the LSCF cathode coated with a 130-nm-thick Au layer, the peak power density of the thin film SOFC with the Au-coated LSCF cathode is 10 times higher than that of the LSCF cathode without Au layer.


Thin film Solid oxide fuel cell Lanthanum strontium cobaltite ferrite Au Surface modification 



This paper was supported by Wonkwang University in 2018.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Energy ResearchUniversity of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringSeoul National UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.South China University of TechnologyGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.Department of Automotive EngineeringWonkwang UniversityIksanRepublic of Korea

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