Ultra-rapid microwave synthesis of Li3-x-yMxN (M = Co, Ni and Cu) nitridometallates

Nuria Tapia-Ruiz, Josefa Vidal Laveda, Ronald I. Smith, Serena A. Corr, Duncan H. Gregory

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Single phase nitridometallates Li3-x-yMxN (0.05 ≤ x ≤ 0.27; M = Co, Ni and Cu) with potential use as negative electrodes in lithium (Li+) ion batteries have been synthesised in <10 minutes via solid state reactions in a single mode cavity microwave reactor without an external susceptor. Reaction times are reduced by up to four orders of magnitude over previous synthetic methods. A combination of powder X-ray and neutron diffraction has provided detailed crystal structures of the vacancy-disordered nitrides. The electrochemical performance of these materials is comparable to that observed in conventionally-heated analogues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1045-1050
Number of pages6
JournalInorganic Chemistry Frontiers
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Inorganic Chemistry

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Tapia-Ruiz, N., Laveda, J. V., Smith, R. I., Corr, S. A., & Gregory, D. H. (2015). Ultra-rapid microwave synthesis of Li3-x-yMxN (M = Co, Ni and Cu) nitridometallates. Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, 2(11), 1045-1050. https://doi.org/10.1039/c5qi00145e