Superionic Si-Substituted Lithium Argyrodite Sulfide Electrolyte Li6+ xSb1- xSi xS5I for All-Solid-State Batteries

Yongheum Lee, Jiwon Jeong, Hee Dae Lim, Sang Ok Kim, Hun Gi Jung, Kyung Yoon Chung, Seungho Yu

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Abstract

Lithium-based solid electrolytes have been investigated in many studies for improving the energy density and safety of conventional Li-ion batteries. Recently, Li argyrodites (Li6+xSb1-xSixS5I) have been reported as promising superionic conductors, exhibiting an ionic conductivity above 10 mS cm-1. This study examined the high ionic conductivities of Li6+xSb1-xSixS5I using first-principles calculations and subsequent experiments. The calculation results demonstrate that the Li ionic conductivities increase with the Si content in Li6+xSb1-xSixS5I due to the concerted Li-ion migration. Li6+xSb1-xSixS5I compounds synthesized using high-energy ball milling exhibit a high-symmetry argyrodite structure. The Li6.75Sb0.25Si0.75S5I phase demonstrates a favorable combination of a high ionic conductivity of 13.1 mS cm-1 and a low activation energy of 0.17 eV, which was achieved for the first time for cold-pressed pellets, leading to a high ionic conductivity at low temperatures (1.4 mS cm-1 at -20 °C). In addition, Li6.75Sb0.25Si0.75S5I exhibits good electrochemical stability, compatibility with Li metal anodes, high critical current density (1.5 mA cm-2), and hydrolysis stability. Based on the lightweight, low-cost, and non-toxic features of Si, the high Si content in superionic conductor Li6.75Sb0.25Si0.75S5I shows substantial promise for practical use in all-solid-state Li batteries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-128
Number of pages9
JournalACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan 11

Keywords

  • all-solid-state battery
  • argyrodite
  • energy storage
  • solid electrolyte
  • superionic conductor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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