On the Properties of Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Thin Films Prepared by Sol-Gel Method

  • Artūras ŽALGA Vilnius University
  • Brigita ABAKEVIČIENĖ Kaunas University of Technology
  • Aleksej ŽARKOV Vilnius University
  • Aldona BEGANSKIENĖ Vilnius University
  • Aivaras KAREIVA Vilnius University
  • Sigitas TAMULEVIČIUS Kaunas University of Technology
Keywords: YSZ, sol-gel, suspensions, nanocoatings, solid oxide fuel cells


The synthesis of nanostructured films of 20 mol% Y2O3 stabilized ZrO2 on corundum (Al2O3) substrates was performed from different sols using dip-coating technique. All obtained samples were repeatedly annealed at 800°C temperature after each dipping procedure and fully characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. XRD data exhibited that at 800°C temperature nano-sized Y0.2Zr0.8O2 thin films with cubic (Fm-3m) crystal structure have been formed. The morphological features of obtained coatings were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The surface tension and hydrophility of the synthesized films were determined by contact angle measurements (CAM).