Lithium Polysulfidophosphates: A Family of Lithium-Conducting Sulfur-Rich Compounds for Lithium–Sulfur Batteries


  • This research was sponsored by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)/Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) through Vehicle Technologies Office. The investigation of the ionic conductivity of these new compounds was supported by the Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The synthesis and characterization was conducted at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, which is sponsored at Oak Ridge National Laboratory by the Division of Scientific User Facilities, U.S. DOE.


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Sulfur-rich lithium polysulfidophosphates (LPSPs) act as an enabler for long-lasting and efficient lithium–sulfur batteries. LPSPs have ionic conductivities of 3.0×10−5 S cm−1 at 25 °C, which is 8 orders of magnitude higher than that of Li2S. The high lithium ion conductivity imparts excellent cycling performance, and the batteries are configured in an all-solid state, which promises safe cycling with metallic lithium anodes.