Development of LiFeO2-LiCoO2-NiO cathodes for molten carbonate fuel cells

I. Bloom, M. T. Lanagan, M. Krumpelt, J. L. Smith

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The phase relationships in the LiFeO2-LiCoO2-NiO ternary system were determined and used to find compositions that would reduce the resistivity of LiFeO2-containing cathodes to levels low enough for molten carbonate fuel cells. There was no solubility limit in the NiO-LiFeO2 binary system; a continuous solution was formed. Two regions of homogeneity were found in the LiFeO2-LiCoO2 binary, 0 to 13 and 87 to 100 mol % LiCoO2. Similarly, two regions of homogeneity were found in the LiCoO2-NiO binary, 0 to 18 and 94 to 100 mol % LiCoO2. The resistivities of these materials indicate that addition of Ni and Co to the LiFeO2 lattice decreases the resistivity from about 300 Ω cm to about 1 to 10 Ω cm at 650°C. Using both Ni and Co additives together reduces the resistivity of LiFeO2 and its sensitivity to CO2 partial pressure. Cell tests indicate that solid solutions LiFeO2-LiCoO2-NiO system possess electrocatalytic activity. The cell displayed a potential of 0.79 V at 160 mA/cm2. The data indicate that LiFeO2-LiCoO2-NiO cathodes hold promise for fuel-cell cathodes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1336-1340
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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