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Fast Li-Ion Conductivity in Superadamantanoid Lithium Thioborate Halides...

by Jue Liu
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Angewandte Chemie International Edition
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6975 to 6980

Lithium thioborates are promising fast Li-ion conducting materials, with similar properties to their lithium thiophosphate counterparts that have enabled the development of solid-state Li-ion batteries. By comparison, thioborates have scarcely been developed, however, offering new space for materials discovery. Here we report a new class of lithium thioborate halides that adopt a so-called supertetrahedral adamantanoid structure that houses mobile lithium ions and halide anions within interconnected 3D structural channels. Investigation of the structure using single-crystal XRD, neutron powder diffraction, and neutron PDF reveals significant lithium and halide anion disorder. The phases are non-stoichiometric, adopting slightly varying halide contents within the materials. These new superadamantanoid materials exhibit high ionic conductivities up to 1.4 mS cm−1, which can be effectively tuned by the polarizability of the halide anion within the channels.