Dynamic charge-discharge phase transitions in Li3V2(PO4)3 cathodes

Authors: Daniel Risskov Sørensen(a), Jette Katja Mathiesen(a,b), Dorthe Bomholdt Ravnsbæk(a,∗)

a Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230, Odense M, Denmark
b Department of Chemistry and Nanoscience, University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken 5, 2100, Copenhagen Ø, Denmark



  • Phase transitions in Li3V2(PO4)3 probed by operando synchrotron X-ray diffraction.
  • Two-phase behavior observed for all transitions during extraction of two Li-ions.
  • Solid solution transition is discovered for extraction of the last Li-ion.
  • Extended solid solution regimes observed during discharge.


Monoclinic α-Li3V2(PO4)3 is a promising cathode material for future Li-ion batteries due to its high theoretical capacity, good capacity retention and relatively high ionic conductivity. The material undergoes a series of complex phase transitions which depend on the number of Li-ions extracted during charge. The phase behavior has been extensively studied under (quasi-) equilibrium conditions, however insight into the phase evolution during dynamic conditions is lacking. Through operando synchrotron X-ray diffraction we report the complex series of structural phase transitions under dynamic battery charge-discharge conditions in α-Li3V2(PO4)3 cathodes with extraction of both two and three Li-ions. For extraction of two Li-ions, the phase evolution follows the series of expected two-phase transitions, while for extraction of three Li-ions the dynamic phase behavior differs significantly from that observed by equilibrium studies, e.g. we reveal unexpected solid solution behavior during removal of the last Li-ion and unforeseen structural hysteresis between charge and discharge. Our results are further reinforced by electrochemical analysis. This paper joins a series of recent reports, where extended solid solution behavior in battery electrode materials is observed under operando conditions, and reinforces the importance of these types of measurements to provide a more realistic picture of working battery materials.




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