The complex structural transformations of Li 0.5Ni 0.25TiOPO 4 during electrochemical lithiation have been examined by in situ X-ray diffraction. During the first lithiation two structural changes take place: first a transition to a second monoclinic phase (a = 9.085(4), b = 8.414(5), c = 6.886(5), β = 99.85(4)) and secondly a transition to a third phase with limited long-range order. The third phase is held together by a network of corner sharing Ti-O octahedra and phosphate ions with disordered Ni-Li channels. During delithiation the third phase is partially transformed back to a slightly disordered original phase, Li 0.5Ni 0.25TiOPO 4 without formation of the second intermediate phase. These phase transitions correspond well to the different voltage plateaus that this material shows during electrochemical cycling.
- In situ X-ray powder diffraction
- Lithium intercalation compounds
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- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics