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Title: Amorphous lithium lanthanum titanate for solid-state microbatteries

Lithium lanthanum titanate (LLTO) is a promising solid state electrolyte for solid state batteries due to its demonstrated high bulk ionic conductivity. However, crystalline LLTO has a relatively low grain boundary conductivity, limiting the overall material conductivity. In this work, we investigate amorphous LLTO (a-LLTO) thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). By controlling the background pressure and temperature we are able to optimize the ionic conductivity to 3 × 10 –4 S/cm and electronic conductivity to 5 × 10 –11 S/cm. XRD, TEM, and STEM/EELS analysis confirm that the films are amorphous and indicate that oxygen background gas is necessary during the PLD process to decrease the oxygen vacancy concentration, decreasing the electrical conductivity. Amorphous LLTO is deposited onto high voltage LiNi 0.5Mn 1.5O 4 (LNMO) spinel cathode thin films and cycled up to 4.8 V vs. Li showing excellent capacity retention. Finally, these results demonstrate that a-LLTO has the potential to be integrated into high voltage thin film batteries.
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  1. Univ. of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA (United States)
  2. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0013-4651; R&D Project: 16060; 16060; KC0403020
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of the Electrochemical Society
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 164; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 0013-4651
The Electrochemical Society
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; lithium lanthanum titanate solid-state microbatteries; Center for Functional Nanomaterials; amorphous; lithium lanthanum titanate; pulsed laser deposition; solid state electrolyte; thin film battery
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