Parfitt, David; Chroneos, Alexander; Tarancón, Albert and Kilner, John A.
Oxygen ion diffusion in cation ordered/disordered GdBaCo2O5+δ.
Journal of Materials Chemistry, 21(7) pp. 2183–2186.
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We use molecular dynamics in conjunction with an established set of Born model potentials to examine the oxygen ion diffusion mechanism in the double perovskite GdBaCo2O5+δ. We predict that the mechanism of oxygen diffusion is highly anisotropic diffusion occurring only in the Gd-O and adjacent Co-O layers. For GdBaCo2O5.5 the activation energy of oxygen diffusion is 0.5 eV. We investigate the effect that cation disorder of the Gd-Ba sublattice has upon the diffusivity, the anisotropy and the diffusion mechanism in GdBaCo2O5+δ, which is a model system for double perovskites and other layered compounds. Cation disorder results in a reduction of the oxygen diffusivity and the appearance of diffusion along the c-axis of the material. Oxygen diffusion becomes effectively isotropic when the cation sublattice is disordered.
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