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UC engineering researchers uncover factors that control ion motion in solid electrolytes

unstressed. And finally in the third domain, at AgI content of 37.8% and higher, their networks become flexible.

The UC research team showed for the first time that such intermediate phases also exist in networks that are ionically conducting. In the flexible phase of these materials, "silver ions move like fish through water," says Boolchand.

We synthesized materials of the composition (AgI)x(AgPO3)1-x in a glassy or disordered state, and then examined their thermal, optical and electrical properties as a function of chemical composition. (Here "x" represents the amount of AgI electrolyte, and 1-x the fraction of the base AgPO3 glass or disordered solid.)

The next step in their research will be to understand why traces of water change the behavior of these electrolytes so drastically and to understand if the behavior observed here of three elastic domains is a general feature of all electrolyte glasses or is it peculiar to this very well studied material.

"We think the behavior will be observed in general in solid electrolytes," says Boolchand.


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Contact: Wendy Beckman
wendy.beckman@uc.edu
513-556-1826
University of Cincinnati
8-May-2007


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