On nucleation and growth mechanisms of EBPVD zirconia films on porous NiO-ZrO2 substrate

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  • O. Vasylyev
  • M. Brychevskyi
  • I. Brodnikovskyi
  • L. Dubykivskyi
  • M. Andrzejczuk
  • M. Spychalski
  • M. Lewandowska
  • K. Kurzydlowski
  • J. Mertens
  • J. Malzbender

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • Warsaw University of Technology
  • Centre for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham
  • Institute for Problems of Materials Science National Academy of Sciences in Ukraine
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ)
  • Institute of Energy and Climate Research


Thin structure of the anode-electrolyte interface (AEI) was studied, and plausible nucleation and growth mechanisms at electron-beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) were established. ZrO2 condensates with two mechanisms - planar and cellular ones like it happens at solidification from liquid phase. ZrO2 condensation on ZrO2 and NiO phases occurs with two different routes. On ZrO2 phase, layer of planar growth is formed with 'defective layer by defective layer' mechanism. On NiO, the layer is cellular from the very beginning of the deposition process. The layer of planar growth is formed as 'dense layer by dense layer'. Deposition affected zone (DAZ) is clearly distinguished.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Oxide Materials for Electronic Engineering, OMEE 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012
EventInternational Conference on Oxide Materials for Electronic Engineering, OMEE 2012 - Lviv, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sep 20127 Sep 2012


ConferenceInternational Conference on Oxide Materials for Electronic Engineering, OMEE 2012
CountryUnited Kingdom


  • influence of substrate, nucleation and growth mechanisms, solid oxide fuel cell, zirconia EB-PVD film