Nanostructured Ceramics: Ionic Transport and Electrochemical Activity: A short journey across various families of materials

Denise Prutsch, Stefan Breuer, Marlena Uitz, Patrick Bottke, Julia Langer, Sarah Lunghammer, Martin Philipp, Patrick Posch, Veronika Pregartner, Bernhard Stanje, Andreas Dunst, Dominik Wohlmuth, Harald Brandstätter, Walter Schmidt, Viktor Epp, Alan Chadwick, Ilie Hanzu*, Martin Wilkening*

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Ceramics with nm-sized dimensions are widely used in various applications such as batteries, fuel cells or sensors. Their oftentimes superior electrochemical properties as well as their capabilities to easily conduct ions are, however, not completely understood. Depending on the method chosen to prepare the materials, nanostructured ceramics may be equipped with a large area fraction of interfacial regions that exhibit structural disorder. Elucidating the relationship between microscopic disorder and ion dynamics as well as electrochemical performance is necessary to develop new functionalized materials. Here, we highlight some of the very recent studies on ion transport and electrochemical properties of nanostructured ceramics. Emphasis is put on TiO2 in the form of nanorods, nanotubes or being present as mesoporous material. Further examples deal with nanocrystalline peroxides such as Li2O2 or nanostructured oxides (Li2TiO3, LiAlO2, LiTaO3, Li2CO3 and Li2B4O7). These materials served as model systems to explore the influence of ball-milling on overall ionic transport.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1361-1405
Number of pages45
JournalZeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2017


  • amorphous materials
  • conductivity
  • glasses
  • lithium ion transport
  • nanocrystalline oxides
  • nanotubes
  • NMR
  • peroxides
  • self-diffusion
  • titania

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


  • NAWI Graz

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