A Computational Study of Defects, Li-Ion Migration and Dopants in Li2ZnSiO4 Polymorphs

Dilki Perera, Sashikesh Ganeshalingam, Navaratnarajah Kuganathan, Alexander Chroneos

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    Lithium zinc silicate, Li2ZnSiO4, is a promising ceramic solid electrolyte material for Li-ion batteries. In this study, atomistic simulation techniques were employed to examine intrinsic defect processes; long range Li-ion migration paths, together with activation energies; and candidate substitutional dopants at the Zn and the Si sites in both monoclinic and orthorhombic Li2ZnSiO4 phases. The Li-Zn anti-site defect is the most energetically favourable defect in both phases, suggesting that a small amount of cation mixing would be observed. The Li Frenkel is the second lowest energy process. Long range Li-ion migration is observed in the ac plane in the monoclinic phase and the bc plane in the orthorhombic phase with activation energies of 0.88 eV and 0.90 eV, respectively, suggesting that Li-ion diffusivities in both phases are moderate. Furthermore, we show that Fe3+ is a promising dopant to increase Li vacancies required for vacancy-mediated Li-ion migration, and that Al3+ is the best dopant to introduce additional Li in the lattice required for increasing the capacity of this material. The favourable isovalent dopants are Fe2+ at the Zn site and Ge4+ at the Si site.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number563
    Number of pages13
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2019

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    • Atomistic simulation
    • Defects
    • Dopants
    • Li ZnSiO
    • Li-ion diffusion

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Chemical Engineering(all)
    • Materials Science(all)
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Inorganic Chemistry


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