Molecular dynamics simulation of the effect of dopant distribution homogeneity on the oxide ion conductivity of Ba-doped LaInO3

MY Yoon and KJ Hwang and DS Byeon and HJ Hwang and SM Jeong, JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES, 248, 1085-1089 (2014).

DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2013.10.054

Molecular dynamics simulations are conducted to study oxide ion conduction in Ba-doped LaInO3, a type of cubic perovskite oxide. In a previous study, we reported that the Ba dopant forms oxygen vacancies and narrow bottlenecks that function as a barrier to the movement of oxide ions. In this further study, we analyze the effects of dopant distribution on the oxide ion conductivity in Ba-doped LaInO3. The results show that the ionic conductivity of Ba-doped LaInO3 is strongly dependent on the dopant distribution. The Ba-rich region plays a crucial role in decreasing the ionic conductivity. Consequently, a homogeneous dopant distribution without a Ba-rich region is estimated to improve the ionic conductivity of Ba-doped LaInO3. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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