Neutron diffraction studies on ABO₃ (A=La, Sr, B=Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Mn, Ti) perovskite used in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and double perovskite Ba₂YRu[0.85-subscript]Cu[0.15-subscript]O₆ superconductor

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Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on Feb 17, 2010).The entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.Dissertation advisor: Dr. William B. Yelon.Vita.Includes bibliographical references.Ph. D. University of Missouri--Columbia 2009.Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Physics.ABO₃(A=La, Sr, B=Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Mn, Ti) perovskites are of great interest due to their mixed electronic and oxygen ion conductivity. They are candidates for the electrodes of SOFCs. This study investigates the effects of substitutions at A sites and/or B sites on the crystal and magnetic structure, oxygen vacancies, and the thermal expansion coefficients at different temperatures and gaseous environment. The oxygen vacancy concentration can relax the perovskite distortion and has a close relationship with the magnetic properties. La₀.₆Sr₀.₄Fe₀.₈Co₀.₂O₃₋[delta subscript], and La₀.₈Sr₀.₂Fe₀.₈Co₀.₂O₃₋[delta script] can be good candidates for the cathodes of SOFCs at intermediate temperature. The double perovskite Ba₂YRu₀.₈₅Cu₀.₁₅O₆ superconductor and a mixture of 5wt% YBa₂Cu₃O₇₋[delta subscript] and undoped Ba₂YRuO₆ were investigated with the aid of neutron diffraction. The 1:1 B site ordering is observed and long range antiferromagnetic ordering of the Ru sublattice with a type I magnetic structure appears when the temperature is below 38K. The decomposition of Cu-doped Ba₂YRuO₆ into undoped Ba₂YRuO₆ and YBa₂Cu₃O₇₋[deltas subscript] is not seen. YBa₂Cu₃O₇₋[delta subscript] is not stable at the temperature used to prepare the Cu-doped Ba₂YRuO₆ superconductor. These results confirm the presence of superconductivity without CuO₂ planes

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