High resolution thermochemical study of phase stability and rapid oxygen incorporation in YBaCo4-xZnxO7+δ 114-cobaltites

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March 10-14, 2019


The formation enthalpies of YBaCo4-xZnxO7+δ (x = 0, 1 and 3) oxides were measured by high temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry. All the studied oxides were shown to be thermodynamically metastable at low temperature with respect to a mixture of binary oxides Y2O3, BaO, Co3O4, CoO and ZnO. The tendency of cobalt to increase oxidation state under oxidizing conditions as well as significant bond valence sum mismatch for Ba and Y in 114-oxides are the main destabilizing factors. As a result, the studied 114-oxides are thermodynamically stable in air only at relatively high temperatures (> ca. 900 °C) when CoO is stable. Oxygen absorption in YBaCo4-xZnxO7+δ (x = 0, 1 and 3) at 350-400 °C was studied by calorimetry combined with precise oxygen dosing. Complex phase evolution in YBaCo4O7+δ upon oxygen absorption was revealed. Several single and two phase fields were identified and a sketch of the phase diagram for YBaCo4O7+δ was proposed. The calorimetric results support observations using in situ XRD. At the same time, thermochemical measurements were shown to have higher resolution with respect to the amount of oxygen absorbed by YBaCo4-xZnxO7+δ sample under equilibrium conditions.

This work was supported by the Ural Federal University within the framework of Act 211 of Government of the Russian Federation, agreement № 02.A03.21.0006. The thermochemistry work at Davis was supported by US Department of Energy Grant DE-FG02-03ER46053.

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