Year of Publication

2014

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

College

Arts and Sciences

Department

Physics and Astronomy

First Advisor

Dr. Joe Brill

Abstract

The ionic conductivity of the lithium ionic conductor, Li5La3Ta2O12, is studied in an attempt to better understand the intrinsic bulk ionic conductivity and extrinsic sample dependent contributions to the ionic conductivity, such as grain boundary effects and the electrode-electrolyte interface. To characterize the material, traditional AC impedance spectroscopy studies were performed as well novel in-situ nanoscale transport measurements. To perform the nanoscale measurements, higher quality samples were required and new synthesis techniques developed. The results of these new synthesis techniques was samples with higher densities, up to 96% of theoretical, and slightly higher room temperature ionic conductivity, 2x10^−5 S/cm. By combining the AC impedance spectroscopy results and in-situ nanoscale transport measurements from this study and prior reported results, as well as introducing models traditionally used to analyze supercapacitor systems, a new interpretation of the features seen in the AC impedance spectroscopy studies is presented. This new interpretation challenges the presence of Warburg Diffusion at low frequencies and the offers a new interpretation for the features that have been traditionally associated with grain boundary effects.

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