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Thermodynamic stability of LuRhO3 in a photoelectrochemical cell

Jacob, K T and Ramesh, Sankaran (2017) Thermodynamic stability of LuRhO3 in a photoelectrochemical cell. In: JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS, 695 . pp. 1891-1899.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2016.10.325


Long term stability of lutetium rhodite (LuRhO3) as an electrode for photoelectrochemical decomposition of water is investigated. The thermodynamic properties of LuRhO3 are determined in the temperature range from 875 to 1300 K using an electrochemical cell incorporating calciaestabilized zirconia as the solid electrolyte. The standard Gibbs energy of formation of LuRhO3 from its constituent binary oxides Lu2O3 with C-type rare earth oxide crystal structure and Rh2O3 with orthorhombic structure is obtained: Delta G degrees(f,ox) (+/- 135)/J mol(-1) = -40106 + 3.282(T/K) The standard entropy of LuRhO3 S degrees(298.15K)(LuRhO3)/J K-1 mol(-1) = 89.54 (+/- 0.35) and standard enthalpy of formation from elements Delta H degrees(f) (298.15K)/kJ mol(-1) = -1181.97(+/- 3.86) are derived. The phase relations and stabilities of phases in the Lu-Rh-O system are computed from thermodynamic data. An isothermal section of the ternary phase diagram, a 2-D oxygen potential diagram and a 3-D chemical potential diagram at 1200 K are presented along with temperature-composition phase diagrams at various oxygen partial pressures of oxygen. LuRhO3 (p-type) is thermodynamically unstable as a photocathode in contact with hydrogen gas. However, n-type LuRhO3 can be used as a photoanode in the presence of oxygen. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Keywords: Lutetium rhodite; Gibbs energy; Enthalpy; Entropy; Phase diagram; System Lu-Rh-O
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2017 09:38
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2017 09:38
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/56211

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