Diffusion-controlled processes in polycrystalline ceria: Combined effect of electrical field and mechanical loading


In this follow-up project, the existence and role of field-induced local field and temperature gradients as well as changes in grain boundaries and space-charge layers shall be systematically investigated. Furthermore, we extend the focus to the influence of the frequency of applied AC fields, potential benefit for enhanced creep behaviour of sintered bodies (superplasticity) and during constrained sintering of layers.The following more specific questions shall be addressed: What is the contribution of direct field effects (for example change of oxygen vacancy concentration modifying diffusivity and conductivity) compared to local induced temperature gradients? Are the field-induced changes in the structure of CeO2 grain boundaries persistent over the lifetime of a ceramic part or do they disappear rapidly after switching off electrical loading? Which frequencies of AC fields do maximise the influence of the electric field on sintering and diffusional creep? How is it related to the material properties? How much is creep behaviour affected by an electrical field/current? Can superplasticity be induced? Can the observed advantages of field assisted sintering be used during constrained sintering of layered compounds?

Contact person(s)

Prof. Dr. Olivier Guillon

Prof. Dr. Roger A. De Souza

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

Institute of energy and Climate Research

IEK-1: Materials Synthesis and Processing

RWTH Aachen

Institute of Physical Chemistry


52428 Jülich

Landoltweg 2

52074 Aachen

Tel: (+49) 2461 61 4440

Tel: (+49) 241 80 94739

Fax: (+49) 2461 61 2455

Fax: (+49) 241 80 92128



Proj.-Nr. GU 993/9-2

Proj.-Nr. DE 2854/9-2

Last Modified: 10.10.2022