Rapid Low-Dimensional Li+Ion Hopping Processes in Synthetic Hectorite-Type Li0.5[Mg2.5Li0.5]Si4O10F2

Caroline Hiebl, Patrick Loch, Marina Brinek, Maria Gombotz, Bernhard Gadermaier, Paul Heitjans, Josef Breu, H. Martin R. Wilkening*

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Understanding the origins of fast ion transport in solids is important to develop new ionic conductors for batteries and sensors. Nature offers a rich assortment of rather inspiring structures to elucidate these origins. In particular, layer-structured materials are prone to show facile Li+ transport along their inner surfaces. Here, synthetic hectorite-type Li0.5[Mg2.5Li0.5]Si4O10F2, being a phyllosilicate, served as a model substance to investigate Li+ translational ion dynamics by both broadband conductivity spectroscopy and diffusion-induced 7Li nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spin-lattice relaxation experiments. It turned out that conductivity spectroscopy, electric modulus data, and NMR are indeed able to detect a rapid 2D Li+ exchange process governed by an activation energy as low as 0.35 eV. At room temperature, the bulk conductivity turned out to be in the order of 0.1 mS cm-1. Thus, the silicate represents a promising starting point for further improvements by crystal chemical engineering. To the best of our knowledge, such a high Li+ ionic conductivity has not been observed for any silicate yet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7445-7457
Number of pages13
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Chemistry


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