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Structure, conductivity, and ionic motion in $Na{_1+x}Zr{_2}SixP{_3-x}O1{_2}:$ A simulation study

Kumar, P Padma and Yashonath, Subramanian (2002) Structure, conductivity, and ionic motion in $Na{_1+x}Zr{_2}SixP{_3-x}O1{_2}:$ A simulation study. In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 106 (28). pp. 7081-7089.

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Constant-pressure, constant-temperature variable-shape simulation cell Monte Carlo and microcanonical ensemble molecular dynamics simulation of superionic conducting rhombohedral phase of Nasicon, Na1+xZr2Si3-xO12, 0 less than or equal to x less than or equal to 3, at a temperature of 600 K is reported. Changes in structure, conductivity, hop path, site occupancies, bond lengths of framework atoms with composition are discussed. Average Na(1)-O distance shows a peak at x = 2, while Na(2)-O distance shows a monotonic increase. Sum of the sodium occupancies at Na(l) and mid-Na sites adds up to a constant value of one which supports the conclusion of Boilot et al.(1) based on X-ray diffraction. Occupancy of Na(l) site attains a minimum at x = 2. The predominant conduction channel (which carries more than 90% of the sodium ions) is found to be the one connecting Na(1)-mid-Na-Na(2). Density contours for sodium, depicting this conduction channel, are reported. Free energy profile along the conduction channel suggests that entropy contribution cannot be neglected. The mid-Na site is not associated with a free energy minimum.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: The Journal of Physical Chemistry B
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Chemical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2009 08:52
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:01
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/18357

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