Effect of the oxide substrate on the nickel particle properties

Haruo Kishimoto, Akihito Suzuki, Taro Shimonosono, Mina Nishi, Katsuhiko Yamaji, Manuel E. Brito, Harumi Yokokawa, Fumio Munakata, Teruhisa Horita

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Effects of the oxide substrate on the nickel (Ni) particle properties are examined by using a Ni agglomeration behavior analysis and Kelvin Force Microscope (KFM) technique. Agglomerated Ni particles are formed after annealing a Ni thin film on oxide substrates of yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and gadolinia doped ceria (GDC). Nickel agglomeration is suppressed for the Ni particles on the GDC substrate compared to those particles on the YSZ substrate. Although evaluated at room temperature, the surface potential of GDC is more positive than that of YSZ, while Ni particle surface potential is about the same for both the Ni/YSZ and the Ni/GDC systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-406
Number of pages4
JournalSolid State Ionics
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Sept 1


  • Kelvin Force Microscope (KFM)
  • Nickel agglomeration
  • Nickel surface properties
  • Oxide substrate
  • Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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