The equilibrium oxygen content as a function of the temperature and oxygen pressure was measured for the solid solution YBa2Cu3-xCoxO6+δ, where x = 0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, by using coulometric titration in the temperature range 600-850°C and oxygen pressures between 10-5 and 1.0 atm. The change in the partial molar enthalpy and entropy of the intercalated oxygen was determined at different oxygen and cobalt contents. The oxygen chemical diffusion was studied by thermogravimetric relaxation in the oxygen-controlled atmosphere. The thermodynamic data were employed to determine how the chemical diffusion coefficient, the thermodynamic factor and the random-diffusion coefficient depend on oxygen content in specimens with different cobalt concentration. The oxygen intercalation thermodynamics and diffusivity results provide evidence of ordering phenomena on a microscopic scale in the basal plane of the tetragonal solid solution YBa2Cu3-xCoxO6+δ. A model for the oxygen diffusion is suggested to explain the large difference between the random and tracer diffusion coefficients in YBa2Cu3O6+δ.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Materials Chemistry
- Condensed Matter Physics