Heat capacities and thermodynamic functions of neodymia and samaria doped ceria

Grace Neilsen, Peter F. Rosen, Matthew S. Dickson, Marko Popovic, Jacob Schliesser, Lee D. Hansen, Alexandra Navrotsky, Brian F. Woodfield

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Doped ceria materials are ionic conductors currently under investigation for use in solid oxide fuel cells, catalysts, and other applications. We measured the heat capacity of several doped ceria samples from 1.8 K to 300 K to better understand their physical properties. The samples used in this study were either singly doped with Nd or Sm, or co-doped with both Nd and Sm. This work complements an earlier detailed study of their heats of formation and ionic conductivity. Here we provide the thermodynamic functions based on theoretical fits of our heat capacity measurements including Cp,m°, Δ0TSm°, Δ0THm°, and Φm°. We also detected splitting of nuclear magnetic states, which appeared as an upturn in the heat capacity below 10 K. We observed this phenomenon in all samples and provide calculations of the local magnetic field causing the splitting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number106454
JournalJournal of Chemical Thermodynamics
StatePublished - Jul 2021


  • Cerium oxide
  • Heat capacity
  • Hyperfine field splitting
  • SOFC
  • Schottky anomaly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Materials Science
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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