Study of carbon dioxide electrolysis at electrode/electrolyte interface: Part II. Pt-YSZ cermet/YSZ interface

G. Tao, K. R. Sridhar, C. L. Chan

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CO2 electrolysis to produce O2 has been investigated by means of solid oxide electrolysis (SOE) in preparation for future human exploration of Mars. In order to increase the cell efficiency, a new cermet electrode mixture of Pt and YSZ was studied. SOE cells constructed from the Pt-YSZ cermet electrodes have been tested in a temperature range from 1023 to 1123 K. Comparisons of CO2 electrolysis performances have been conducted between cells using Pt-YSZ cermet electrodes and Pt electrodes. Characteristics investigated include current-voltage performance, ohmic resistances and activation overpotentials. The results demonstrate that the current density is nearly tripled and the performance improvement made by Pt-YSZ cermet electrodes is more significant at low temperature. Both the ohmic resistance and activation overpotential at the anode decrease significantly for the Pt-YSZ cermet electrodes. It suggests that the contact resistance and the electrode delamination are greatly reduced. However, change to the Pt-YSZ cermet electrodes does not have a profound influence on the cathode.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)621-624
Number of pages4
JournalSolid State Ionics
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Nov 30 2004
EventFourteenth International Conference on Solid State Ionics - Monterey, CA., United States
Duration: Jun 22 2003Jun 27 2003


  • Activation overpotential
  • Carbon dioxide
  • Electrochemical reaction
  • Pt-YSZ cermet electrode
  • Solid oxide electrolysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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