Structural stability of LiCoO < inf> 2 at 400°C

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Department of Materials Science and Engineering


The relative stability of the lithiated-spinel structure, Li2[Co2]O4, at 400°C to the layered LiCoO2 structure has been investigated. "Low-temperature" LT-LiCoO2 samples were synthesized at 400°C by the solid-state reaction of Li2CO3 with CoCO3 (or Co3O4) for various times between 10 min and 232 days. Least-squares refinements of X-ray powder diffraction patterns were used to determine the fractions of lithiated-spinel Li2[Co2]O4 and layered LiCoO2 in the samples. X-ray powder diffraction and transmission electron microscope data show that Li2[Co2]O4 nucleates from an intermediate LixCo1-x [Co2]O4 spinel product before transforming very slowly to layered LiCoO2. The experimental data confirm the theoretical prediction that layered LiCoO2 is thermodynamically more stable than the lithiated-spinel structure at 400°C and support the arguments that a non-ideal cation distribution in Li2[Co2]O4, non-stoichiometry and kinetic factors restrict the transformation of the lithiated-spinel structure to layered LiCoO2 at this temperature.

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Journal of Solid State Chemistry