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Ab initio identification of the Li-rich phase in LiFePO4

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A recent discovery of anionic redox activity in Li-rich layered compounds opens a new direction for the design of high-capacity cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries. Here using extensive ab initio calculations, the thermodynamic existence of the Li-rich phase in LiFePO4 to form Li1+xFe1-xPO4 with x not exceeding 12.5% has been proved. Anionic redox activity and structural stability during delithiation are further investigated. Interestingly, it is found that Li1+xFe1−xPO4 cannot be delithiated completely and thus cannot achieve extra capacity by anionic redox activity, because the local oxygen-ion redox will cause the fracture of the rigid framework formed by phosphate tetrahedral polyanions. Although an extra capacity cannot be realized, the excess Li-ions at Fe sites can enhance the Li-ion diffusivity along the adjacent [010] channel and contribute to the shift from 1D to 2D/3D diffusion. This study provides a fresh perspective on olivine-type LiFePO4 and offers some important clues on designing Li-rich cathode materials with high energy density.

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The article was received on 26 Mar 2018, accepted on 04 Jun 2018 and first published on 04 Jun 2018

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8CP01949E
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018,20, 17497-17503
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    Ab initio identification of the Li-rich phase in LiFePO4

    H. Zeng, Y. Gu, G. Teng, Y. Liu, J. Zheng and F. Pan, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 17497
    DOI: 10.1039/C8CP01949E

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