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Laboratory of Electrochemical Devices Based on Solid Oxide Proton Electrolytes

Invited researcher Panagiotis Tsiakaras
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As of 15.02.2021

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General information
Name of the project: Development of solid oxide electrochemical cells with carrying and thin-layer proton electrolyte for electrochemical devices.

Strategy for Scientific and Technological Development Priority Level: б

Goals and objectives
Research directions: The scientific base of design of new proton-conducting materials with set properties and developing solid oxide electrochemical devices for various purposes based on them.

Project objective: Developing the basis and technologies for commercially viable electrochemical devices based on carrying and thin-layer proton electrolytes for gas analysis as well as for producing electricity and hydrogen.

The practical value of the study

In the created laboratory, integrated study is carried out aimed at the development of solid oxide systems (powders, ceramic samples, single cells, laboratory and industrial prototypes) to solve the problems of hydrogen energy and reduce the carbon load on the environment with their help.

In the field of materials science, the laboratory staff proposed a number of complex oxide phases as the basis for various components of solid oxide devices: highly conductive electrolytes, as well as promising electrodes operating under oxidizing and/or reducing conditions. More than 50 articles in this area have been published in top-rated journals. From the point of view of technological approaches, new methods have been developed for forming the basis of electrochemical half-cells. It was experimentally shown that this approach is promising in comparison with the existing laboratory methods for the development of single solid oxide cells. In practice, the laboratory staff developed and tested new designs of gas sensors with unique functionality, as well as experimental laboratory models of solid oxide fuel cells, oxygen pumps and electrolyzers for the interests of enterprises in the real sector of the economy.

Implemented results of research: 

In the laboratory an oxygen pump is designed for the purification of argon from oxygen. The pump can reduce the oxygen content in argon to a level of no more than 10 ppm, its capacity is not less than 2 cubic meters of purified gas per hour. The pump has been successfully tested as part of an installation for deep cleaning the inert boxes from oxygen and oxygen-containing gases. Such oxygen pumps can be used to remove oxygen from inert gases and nitrogen, in particular, in systems for reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel.

Education and career development:

Defense of the thesis:

  • Candidate of Chemical Sciences, 2016, Lyagaeva Yulia Georgievna
  • Doctor of Chemical Sciences, 2019, Medvedev Dmitry Andreevich

Lecture course:

Technology of publishing articles in high-rated journals, since 2020, IHTE UB RAS (lecturer: D.A. Medvedev)

Postgraduate students:

  • L.S. Skutina (planned thesis defense – autumn 2021),

  • N.A. Danilov (planned thesis defense – beginning of 2022),

  • A.P. Tarutin,

  • L.R. Tarutina,

  • I.A. Zvonareva,

  • A.V. Kasyanova (admission to postgraduate education – autumn 2021).


  • Dr. Junfu Bu, ORCID: 0000-0001-5258-099X, Scopus: AuthorId=56366207700, Publons: C-3986-2012, Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Parks Road, OX1 3PH Oxford, United Kingdom.

  • Prof. Zongping Shao, ORCID: 0000-0002-4538-4218, Scopus: AuthorId=55904502000, Publons: AAY-8177-2020, WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering, Curtin University, Perth 6102, Western Australia, Australia; Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing 210009, Jiangsu, China.

  • Dr. Naveed Kausar Janjua,    ORCID: 0000-0002-4794-045X, Scopus: AuthorId=23034913600, Publons: J-9384-2015, Department of Chemistry, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad 45320, Pakistan.

  • Dr. Aleksey Yaremchenko,    ORCID: 0000-0002-3837-5946, Scopus: AuthorId=7004045393, Publons: H-2977-2013, CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering, University of Aveiro, Aveiro 3810-193, Portugal.

  • Prof. Lei Bi,    ORCID: 0000-0001-9479-0776, Scopus: AuthorId=24330833600, Publons: AAP-5543-2020, Institute of Materials for Energy and Environment, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Qingdao University, Ningxia Road No.308, Qingdao, 266071, PR China.

  • Prof. Xian-Zhu Fu,     ORCID: 0000-0003-1843-8927, Scopus: AuthorId=55292950400, Publons: -     College of Materials Science and Engineering, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518055, China.

  • Dr. Vladislav Sadykov, Scopus: authorId=7006677003, Publons: F-9131-2012, Federal Research Center Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk, Russia.

  • Dr. Anna Shlyakhtina, Scopus: authorId=6602747386, Publons: X-7400-2019, N.N. Semenov Federal Research Center for Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. Kosygina 4, Moscow, 119991, Russia.

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Danilov, N., Lyagaeva, J., Vdovin, G., Medvedev, D, Demin, A., Tsiakaras, P.
Electrochemical Approach for Analyzing Electrolyte Transport Properties and Their Effect on Protonic Ceramic Fuel Cell Performance. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2017, March, (9, 32), 26874-26884
Danilov, N., Lyagaeva, J., Vdovin, G., Medvedev, D.
Multifactor performance analysis of reversible solid oxide cells based on proton-conducting electrolytes. Applied Energy, 2019, March, (237), 924-934
Putilov, L.P., Demin, A.K., Tsidilkovski, V.I., Tsiakaras, P.
Theoretical modeling of the gas humidification effect on the characteristics of proton ceramic fuel cells. Applied Energy, 2019, May, (242), 1448-1459
Kalyakin, A., Volkov, A., Demin, A., Gorbova, E., Tsiakaras, P.
Determination of nitrous oxide concentration using a solid-electrolyte amperometric sensor. Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical, 2019, October, (297), 126750
Tarutin, A.P., Vdovin, G.K., Medvedev, D.A., Yaremchenko, A.A.
Fluorine-containing oxygen electrodes of the nickelate family for proton-conducting electrochemical cells. Electrochimica Acta, 2020, March, (337), 135808
Kalyakin, A., Demin, A., Gorbova, E., Volkov, A., Tsiakaras, P.
Combined amperometric-potentiometric oxygen sensor. Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical, 2020, June, 313, 127999
Kasyanova, A.V., Tarutina, L.R., Rudenko, A.O., Lyagaeva, J.G., Medvedev, D.A.
Ba(Ce,Zr)O3-based electrodes for protonic ceramic electrochemical cells: Towards highly compatible functionality and triple-conducting behavior. Russian Chemical Reviews, 2020, (89, 6), 667-692
Putilov, L.P., Tsidilkovski, V.I., Demin, A.K.
Revealing the effect of the cell voltage and external conditions on the characteristics of protonic ceramic fuel cells. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2020, January, (8, 25), 12641-12656
Tarutin, A.P., Lyagaeva, J.G., Medvedev, D.A., Bi, L., Yaremchenko, A.A.
Recent advances in layered Ln2NiO4+: δ nickelates: Fundamentals and prospects of their applications in protonic ceramic fuel and electrolysis cells. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2021, January, (9, 1) 154-195
Brouzgou, A., Seretis, A., Song, S., Shen, P.K., Tsiakaras, P.
CO tolerance and durability study of PtMe(Me = Ir or Pd) electrocatalysts for H2-PEMFC application. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2021, April, (46, 26), 13865-13877.
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