Mechanism of lithium ion mobility in solid electrolytes

Isaac Abrahams, Peter G. Bruce

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Lithium ion transport in crystalline solid electrolytes is discussed with reference to a model system LISICON, Li2+2xZn1-xGeO4. In LISICON, ionic conductivity is due to the presence of the interstitial Li+ ions which are not randomly distributed over sets of crystallographically identical sites but are incorporated within defect clusters. The structure of the solid consists of a mosaic of substructures, namely the lithium-rich defects and regions with the structure of stoichiometric Li2ZnGeO4. It is proposed that the interstitial Li+ ions are transported as an interstitial triple and that effectively the entire defect moves through the crystal. An explanation is also proposed for the curvature in the log s against 1/T plots for this electrolyte.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1113-1118
Number of pages6
JournalPhilosophical Magazine A
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1991


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