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Phys Chem Chem Phys. 2012 Feb 7;14(5):1596-606. doi: 10.1039/c2cp23636b. Epub 2011 Dec 16.

Li+ ionic conductivities and diffusion mechanisms in Li-based imides and lithium amide.

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  • 1Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 116023, PR China.


In this study, both experimental ionic conductivity measurements and the first-principles simulations are employed to investigate the Li(+) ionic diffusion properties in lithium-based imides (Li(2)NH, Li(2)Mg(NH)(2) and Li(2)Ca(NH)(2)) and lithium amide (LiNH(2)). The experimental results show that Li(+) ions present superionic conductivity in Li(2)NH (2.54 × 10(-4) S cm(-1)) and moderate ionic conductivity in Li(2)Ca(NH)(2) (6.40 × 10(-6) S cm(-1)) at room temperature; while conduction of Li(+) ions is hardly detectable in Li(2)Mg(NH)(2) and LiNH(2) at room temperature. The simulation results indicate that Li(+) ion diffusion in Li(2)NH may be mediated by Frenkel pair defects or charged vacancies, and the diffusion pathway is more likely via a series of intermediate jumps between octahedral and tetrahedral sites along the [001] direction. The calculated activation energy and pre-exponential factor for Li(+) ion conduction in Li(2)NH are well comparable with the experimentally determined values, showing the consistency of experimental and theoretical investigations. The calculation of the defect formation energy in LiNH(2) reveals that Li defects are difficult to create to mediate the Li(+) ion diffusion, resulting in the poor Li(+) ion conduction in LiNH(2) at room temperature.

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