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    • Study of YSZ-based electrochemical sensors with oxide electrodes for high temperature applications

      A Dutta N Kaabbuathong M L Grilli E Di Bartolomeo E Traversa

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      Potentiometric sensors based on yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) with WO3 as sensing electrode were fabricated using either Pt or Au electrodes. The sensors were studied in the temperature range 550–700°C in the presence of different concentrations (300–1000 ppm) of NO2 and CO in air. The response to NO2 was very stable with fast response time (20–40 s). The best sensitivity (18.8 mV/decade) using Pt electrodes was observed at 600°C. At the same temperature a cross-sensitivity (– 15 mV/decade) to CO gas was also noticed. The response to CO was decreased (– 4 mV/decade) using Au electrode. The role played by WO3 on the sensing electrode was discussed.

    • Dielectric relaxation in double perovskite oxide, Ho2CdTiO6

      Dev K Mahato A Dutta T P Sinha

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      A new double perovskite oxide holmium cadmium titanate, Ho2CdTiO6 (HCT), prepared by solid state reaction technique is investigated by impedance spectroscopy in a temperature range 50–400°C and a frequency range 75 Hz–1 MHz. The crystal structure has been determined by powder X-ray diffraction which shows monoclinic phase at room temperature. An analysis of complex permittivity with frequency was carried out assuming a distribution of relaxation times as confirmed by Cole–Cole plot. The frequency dependent electrical data are analysed in the framework of conductivity and electric modulus formalisms. The frequencies corresponding to themaxima of the imaginary electric modulus at various temperatures are found to obey an Arrhenius law with an activation energy of 0.13 eV. The scaling behaviour of imaginary part of electric modulus suggests that the relaxation describes the same mechanism at various temperatures. Nyquist plots are drawn to identify an equivalent circuit and to know the bulk and interface contributions.

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