Electrochemical characteristics of Ti-P composites prepared by mechanochemical synthesis

Sang Gil Woo, Jin Ho Jung, Hansu Kim, Min Gyu Kim, Churl Kyung Lee, Hun Joon Sohn, Byung Won Cho

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Titanium phosphide composites with various Ti/P molar ratios (1:1, 1:2, and 1:4) were synthesized by a mechanochemical method and their potential use as an alternative anode material for Li secondary batteries was investigated. The titanium phosphide composites with Ti/P molar ratios of 1:1 and 1:2 did not show any electrochemical reactivity with Li, while both the TiP2and P in the composite with a Ti/P molar ratio of 1:4 reacted with Li, yielding a reversible capacity of 1422 mAh/g. Ex situ X-ray diffraction analyses and X-ray absorption spectroscopy showed that the TiP2-P composite transformed into cubic Li10.5TiP4phase without decomposing into Ti and Li3P during the initial Li insertion. Subsequent cycling showed a highly reversible insertion/ extraction process of Li to/from Li10.5TiP4phase, accompanied by the loss/recovery of the long-range cubic order. The cubic Li10.5TiP4phase showed excellent cycling performance with a large capacity of 625 mAh/g for 80 cycles when the amount of lithium reacted was suitably controlled.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2006 Jan 1

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