Electronic-Ionic Processes in Bi2Cu0.5Mg0.5Nb2O9 with Pyrochlore Structure

N. A. Sekushin N. A. Sekushin , M. S. Koroleva M. S. Koroleva
Российский электрохимический журнал
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Solid solution Bi2Cu0.5Mg0.5Nb2O9–δ with the pyrochlore structure is synthesized by three different methods. Its structure and chemical composition are confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis, electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive spectroscopy. The electronic-ionic processes are studied by the method of impedance spectroscopy in the frequency range from 0.3 Hz to 1.0 MHz and the temperature range from 0 to 340°С. The data are processed with the use of ZView program. Electrochemical models of samples are obtained in the form of equivalent circuits. The sign of the main charge carrier is determined by the thermo-emf method. Nonlinear effects are studied based on voltammetric characteristics. It is found that at room temperature, the charge in samples is transferred by electrons and cations (presumably, copper). In the temperature range of 260–300°С, the capacitance of samples and the specific conductivity of their volume demonstrate local minimums. Insofar as at these temperatures the oxygen conduction may occur, it is assumed that associates of anions and cations are formed. The decrease in the concentration of charge carries is confirmed by sample’s equivalent circuit into which the Gerischer impedance is introduced to enhance the accuracy. It is shown that at t = 260°С, the lifetime of charge carriers is the minimum.

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  • Institute of Chemistry, Komi Scientific Center, Ural Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Syktyvkar, 167982, Russia

    N. A. Sekushin & M. S. Koroleva

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