Atomic structure of a CeO2 grain boundary: The role of oxygen vacancies

Hajime Hojo, Teruyasu Mizoguchi, Hiromichi Ohta, Scott D. Findlay, Naoya Shibata, Takahisa Yamamoto, Yuichi Ikuhara

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    Determining both cation and oxygen sublattices of grain boundaries is essential to understand the properties of oxides. Here, with scanning transmission electron microscopy, electron energy-loss spectroscopy, and first-principles calculations, both the Ce and oxygen sublattices of a (210)Σ5 CeO2 grain boundary were determined. Oxygen vacancies are shown to play a crucial role in the stable grain boundary structure. This finding paves the way for a comprehensive understanding of grain boundaries through the atomic scale determination of atom and defect locations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4668-4672
    Number of pages5
    JournalNano Letters
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 2010 Nov 10


    • ABF
    • CeO
    • HAADF
    • TEM
    • grain boundary structure
    • oxygen nonstoichiometry

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Bioengineering
    • Chemistry(all)
    • Materials Science(all)
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Mechanical Engineering


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