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Title: Synthesis of a potential fast ionic conductor for Mg 2+ ions

This report represents Powdermet’s attempts to synthesize a novel crystalline solid substance–Mg(B5C)2. This was expected to exhibit a high Mg2+ ionic conductivity, exceeding that of all known materials. The project was expected to consist of three major steps: 1) reproduction of a literature synthesis of a rare sodium compound NaB5C; 2) substitution of Na+ cations with Mg2+ cations, resulting in Mg(B5C)2; and 3) analysis of its Mg2+ conductivity. In course of the research, 15 attempts were made to reproduce the literature procedure on synthesis of NaB5C, a precursor to the Mg2+ conductor. The first nine attempts were unsuccessful, but later it was found that NaB5C formed when the synthesis was performed in pressurized Ar atmosphere. Powdermet performed partial exchange of Na+ to Mg2+ by heating NaB5C with magnesium triflate in sulfolane at 260°C. In another avenue, theoretical optimization of the Mg(B5C)2 structure have been performed with distant goal estimate the activation barrier for the Mg2+ diffusion and estimate the temperature at which the mobility of Mg2+ cations will be of the order of 10-2 S*cm.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Powermet Inc., Euclid, OH (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1166790
Report Number(s):
FINAL REPORT 11--30-2014
DOE Contract Number:
SC0009662
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Powermet Inc., Euclid, OH (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY