Inorganic Materials

, Volume 50, Issue 10, pp 1035–1049 | Cite as

Oxygen interstitial and vacancy conduction in symmetric Ln2 ± x Zr2 ± x O7 ± x/2 (Ln = Nd, Sm) solid solutions

  • A. V. Shlyakhtina
  • D. A. Belov
  • A. V. Knotko
  • I. V. Kolbanev
  • A. N. Streletskii
  • O. K. Karyagina
  • L. G. Shcherbakova


We have compared (Ln2 − x Zr x )Zr2O7 + x/2 (Ln = Nd, Sm) pyrochlore-like solid solutions with interstitial oxide ion conduction and Ln2(Zr2 − x Ln x )O7 − δ (Ln = Nd, Sm) pyrochlore-like solid solutions with vacancy-mediated oxide ion conduction in the symmetric systems Nd2O3-ZrO2 (NdZrO) and Sm2O3-ZrO2 (SmZrO). We have studied their structure, microstructure, and transport properties and determined the excess oxygen content of the (Sm2 − x Zr x )Zr2O7 + x/2 (x = 0.2) material using thermal analysis and mass spectrometry in a reducing atmosphere (H2/Ar-He). The Ln2 ± x Zr2 ± x O7 ± x/2 (Ln = Nd, Sm) solid solutions have almost identical maximum oxygen vacancy and interstitial conductivities: (3–4) × 10−3 S/cm at 750°C. The lower oxygen vacancy conductivity of the Ln2(Zr2 − x Ln x )O7 − δ (Ln = Nd, Sm; 0 < x ≤ 0.3) solid solutions is due to the sharp decrease in it as a result of defect association processes, whereas the interstitial oxide ion conductivity of the (Ln2 − x Zr x )Zr2O7 + x/2 (Ln = Nd, Sm; 0.2 ≤ x < 0.48) pyrochlore-like solid solutions is essentially constant in a broad range of Ln2O3 concentrations.


Solid Solution Solid State Ionic Pyrochlore Phase Pyrochlore Structure Morphotropic Phase Transition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. V. Shlyakhtina
    • 1
  • D. A. Belov
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. V. Knotko
    • 2
  • I. V. Kolbanev
    • 1
  • A. N. Streletskii
    • 1
  • O. K. Karyagina
    • 3
  • L. G. Shcherbakova
    • 1
  1. 1.Semenov Institute of Chemical PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Faculty of ChemistryMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Emanuel Institute of Biochemical PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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