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Kinetics of oxidation of Fe-Cr steel containing 25 wt.-percent Cr was studied as a function of temperature (1023–1173 K) for up to 480 h in flowing air, which corresponds to SOFC cathode environment operating conditions. The oxidation process was found to be a parabolic, suggesting that the diffusion of ionic defects in the scale is the slowest, rate determining step and it occurs predominantly by short-circuit diffusion paths. Comparison of the determined activation energy of oxidation of the studied steel with literature data indicates that at 1098–1173 K the chromia scale grows by the outward solid-state diffusion of chromium interstitials, whereas at 1023–1098 K — through a significant contribution of counter-current oxygen/chromium diffusion along Cr2O3 grain boundaries. The oxide scales were composed mainly of Cr2O3 with a continuous thin Mn1.5Cr1.5O4 spinel layer on top of the chromia scale. The oxidation test results on Fe-25Cr steel demonstrate the applicability of the commercial type DIN 50049 stainless steel as interconnect for SOFC.

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The results of positron annihilation experiments in aqueous solutions of 1,2- and 1,6-hexanediols were compared to those of ultrasonic velocity. For the former, the positron annihilation measurement shows strong hydrophobic interactions and formation of clathrate-like hydrates in solution, although their stoichiometries as well as architecture are untypical. Ultrasonic data for this system seem to be strongly influenced by a relaxation process and do not allow to conclude about formation of open-work structures in this system. For the system water + 1,6-hexanediol both the ultrasonic and annihilation methods suggest formation of labile, water-rich hydrates. They are very weak compared to those existing in the water + 1,2-hexanediol, what results from the hydrophilic hydration competing the hydrophobic one.

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Experimental results of positron annihilation experiments in solutions of n-butanol in three diols are compared to those of ultrasonic velocity and absorption. Variations of the annihilation parameters with composition show that the effect of the hydrophobic solute on the original diol structure is rather limited and occurs only in the system where ethylene glycol is the solvent. Subtle similarities were found when compared it to the respective results for similar aqueous systems, suggesting that crystalline-like solvates are forming in ethylene glycol. However, no such evidences were found for the systems where butanediols are the solvents. Ultrasonic investigations do not confirm formation of any specific structures. This is caused, most possibly, by the fact that compressibility of solvates is close to those of the pure components and/or that of unstructured medium (regular solution).

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The results of positron annihilation experiments of solutions of n-hexanol in diols are compared to those of ultrasonic velocity and absorption. Variations of the annihilation parameters with composition allow the conclusion that the effect of hydrophobic solute on the original diol structure is limited. There are, however, significant similarities with the results known for aqueous systems, suggesting that clathrate-like solvates are forming in ethylene glycol, the phenomenon called here is a hydrophobic-like solvation. No evidences for it were found for the systems containing butanediols as solvents. Unfortunately, ultrasonic investigations do not confirm the formation of any specific structures, most possibly because the compressibilities of solvates are close to those of the pure components.

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The fabrication method of superconducting thin films of compositions HgBa2Ca2Cu3O8+δ (Hg-1223) and Tl2Ba2CuOy (2201) on single-crystalline SrTiO3 and LaAlO3 substrates is reported. The highest obtained T c was 134 K and J c over 106 A cm–2 at 77 K. High pressure DTA(HP-DTA) was applied to grow mercury- and thallium-based high-temperature superconducting crystals and thin films, to identify melting points of particular phases within these oxide systems and determine suitable processing conditions. The DTA system operates at the: maximum temperature of 1200C, volume up to 5 cm3, working pressure up to 1.5 GPa and at a working atmosphere — inert gas with up to 25% oxygen.

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