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The mutual reactivity in mixtures containing Nasicon (Na3Zr2Si2PO12) or YSZ (ZrO2:Y2O3) solid electrolytes with Li2CO3 or Li2CO3:BaCO3 sensing electrode materials was investigated using simultaneous DTA and TG and ex situ XRD techniques. The uncontrolled chemical reaction is suspected to be responsible for the instability of electrochemical gas sensors constructed from these materials. DTA and TG results obtained for Nasicon-carbonate mixtures indicate the possibility of reaction in the temperature range from about 470 to 650C, which overlaps the sensor operating temperature range (300–525C). The results obtained for YSZ-carbonate mixtures indicate that reaction between carbonate and the ZrO2 takes place at higher temperatures and cannot explain the instability drift of investigated sensors. The mechanism of observed reactions in systems studied is also discussed.

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The binary system Li2CO3–BaCO3 was studied by means of differential thermal analysis (DTA), thermogravimetry (TG) and X-ray phase analysis. The composition of carbonate and CO2 partial pressure influence on the thermal behavior of carbonate were examined. It was shown that lithium carbonate does not form the substitutional solid solution with barium carbonate, however the possible formation of diluted interstitial solid solutions is discussed. Above the melting temperature the mass loss is observed on TG curves. This loss is the result of both decomposition of lithium carbonate and evaporation of lithium in Li2CO3–BaCO3 system. Increase of CO2 concentration in surrounding gas atmosphere leads to slower decomposition of lithium carbonate and to increase the melting point.

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The purpose of this work was to investigate the influence of titanium and yttrium dopants on chemical stability of selected Ba(Ce1−xTix)1−yYyO3 compounds. The presented results are the part of wider research concerning the crystallographic structure, microstructure, electrical and transport properties of these groups of materials. Samples of Ba(Ce1−xTix)1−yYyO3 with x=0.05, 0.07, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, 0.30 and y=0.05, 0.10, 0.20 (for x=0.05) were prepared by solid-state reaction method. Initially, differential thermal analysis (DTA) and thermogravimetry (TG) were used for optimization of preparation conditions. Subsequently, DTA-TG-MS (mass spectrometry) techniques were applied for evaluation of the stability of prepared materials in the presence of CO2. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results were used to determine the phase composition, structure and microstructure of materials and to assist the interpretation of DTA-TG-MS results. The strong influence of Ti and Y dopants contents (x and y) on the properties was found. The introduction of Ti dopant led to the improvement of chemical stability against CO2. The lower Ti concentration the better resistance against CO2 corrosion was observed. Doping by Y had the opposite effect; the decrease of chemical stability was determined. In this case the higher Y dopant concentration the better resistance was observed. The attempt to correlate the influence of dopant on structure and chemical stability was also presented.

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