A Study on the Thermal Behavior of Electrochemically Delithiated Li 1-xNiO 2

Kyung Keun Lee, Won Sub Yoon, Kwang Bum Kim, Ki Young Lee, Seung Tae Hong

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Thermal behavior of electrochemically delithiated Li 1-xNiO 2 (R3̄m or C2/m) up to 400°C was studied by thermogravimetry, differential scanning calorimetry, high temperature X-ray diffraction, and X-ray absorption measurements, and its thermal decomposition mechanism was proposed. Delithiated Li 1-xNiO 2 was thermally decomposed to a spinel phase (Fd3m) at around 220°C. For x ≤ 0.5, Li 1-xNiO 2 was decomposed to LiNiO 2 and LiNi 2O 4 and the fraction of the spinel in the decomposed product increased almost linearly with x. For x > 0.5, Li 1-xNiO 2 was converted into the spinel and this reaction was accompanied by oxygen evolution. On further heating, delithiated Li 1-xNiO 2 of all compositions turned into a rock salt phase (Fm3m) with NiO structure. The temperature for the decomposition of Li 1-xNiO 2 to a spinel was independent of x, however, the temperature for the decomposition to a rock salt phase decreased with increasing x. The thermal behavior of Li 1-xNiO 2 could be interpreted as an overlap of the exothermic rearrangement of nickel and lithium cations to form a spinel or a rock salt phase and the endothermic oxygen evolution reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A716-A722
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jul

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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