The application of strain to yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ), which can be realized by sandwiching a thin YSZ film epitaxially between layers of a material with larger lattice constants, is proposed as a means to enhance oxygen ion mobility. The possible mechanism of such an enhancement was investigated by molecular dynamics using a CeO2-YSZ superlattice. The calculated diffusion coefficient of oxygen ions in the superlattice is some 1.7 times higher than in YSZ alone due to a decreased activation barrier from the strain of the YSZ structure.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)