Heterogeneous F anion transport, local dynamics and electrochemical stability of nanocrystalline La1−xBaxF3−x

Stefan Breuer, Maria Gombotz, Veronika Pregartner, Ilie Hanzu*, Martin Wilkening

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Solid state ion conductors exhibiting fast ion dynamics are of utmost importance for the development of modern energy storage systems or sensors. For the realization of fluoride ion batteries (FIBs), that is, batteries relying on F ions as charge carriers, materials with fast fluorine anion dynamics are needed. Here we used high-energy ball milling to incorporate BaF2 into the tysonite structure of LaF3 and studied ion dynamics by both broadband impedance and 19F nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. The nanocrystalline solid solution formed revealed increased ion conductivity compared to pure LaF3. Apart from the formation of F vacancies through aliovalent substitution, the increase in conductivity is also stimulated by the introduction of lattice strain and the high degree of local disorder produced. While long-range ion dynamics has been studied recently, less information is known about local ion hopping processes to which 19F NMR spin-lattice relaxation is sensitive. In this work, we tried to correlate short-range ion diffusion with long-range transport properties measured by conductivity spectroscopy. Additionally, we used electrochemical polarization and cyclic voltammetry to judge whether the ternary fluoride shows a sufficiently high electrochemical stability to work in FIBs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-490
Number of pages10
JournalEnergy Storage Materials
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Conductivity
  • Diffusion
  • Electrolytes
  • Fluorides
  • Nanocrystalline ceramics
  • NMR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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