Acta Chimica Sinica ›› 2013, Vol. 71 ›› Issue (07): 1029-1034.DOI: 10.6023/A13030294 Previous Articles     Next Articles



杨思七, 张天然, 陶占良, 陈军   

  1. 南开大学化学学院先进能源材料化学教育部重点实验室 天津 300071
  • 投稿日期:2013-03-17 发布日期:2013-04-17
  • 通讯作者: 陈军, E-mail:; Tel.: 022-23506808; Fax: 022-23509571.
  • 基金资助:

    项目受国家自然科学基金重点项目(No. 21231005);科技部973纳米重大科学研究计划(No. 2011CB935900)和高等学校创新引智计划(No. B12015)资助.

First-principles Study on Metal-doped LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 as a Cathode Material for Rechargeable Li-Ion Batteries

Yang Siqi, Zhang Tianran, Tao Zhanliang, Chen Jun   

  1. Key Laboratory of Advanced Energy Materials Chemistry (Ministry of Education), College of Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071, China
  • Received:2013-03-17 Published:2013-04-17
  • Supported by:

    Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation Key Project (No. 21231005), 973 (No. 2011CB935900) and 111 (No. B12015).

Spinel LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 is recently considered as a promising cathode material for rechargeable Li-ion batteries, yet its large-scale application is limited due to relatively poor cycling and rate performance. Metal doping is expected to be an effective approach to improve the electrochemical performance of spinel LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4. However, deeper understanding into doping effects on structural and electrochemical properties of LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 electrode materials is still ambiguous. In this work, systematic first-principles studies based on the density functional theory (DFT) have been carried out to investigate electronic and structural properties of LiM0.125Ni0.375Mn1.5O4 (where M=Cr, Fe, and Co) cathode. All computations were carried out on the basis of projector augmented wave (PAW) approach as implemented in VASP. The exchange and correlation potential was treated with the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) of Perdew and Wang (PW91). In order to take into account the strong on-site Coulomb interaction (U) presented in the localized d electrons of transition metals, the GGA-U framework was used for evaluating the exchange-correlation energy. Within this framework, the effective single parameters Ueff of 3.5, 4, 5, 5.62 and 5.96 eV were used for Cr, Fe, Mn, Co and Ni, respectively. The electron wave functions were expanded by a high cutoff of 500 eV and the total energy was converged to 10-5 eV. The following electronic states are treated as valence electrons: Li, 2s12p0; O, 2s22p4; Cr, 3d54s1; Mn, 3d64s1; Fe, 3d74s1; Co, 3d84s1; Ni, 3d94s1; Regarding the accurate calculations of total energy and electronic structure, the tetrahedron method with Blöch correction was adopted for structural relaxation and density of state (DOS) analysis. The cell parameters, volume cells, and positions of all the atoms in the primitive cell were fully relaxed until the residual Hellmann-Feynman force on each atom was less than 10-2 eV/Â. It is found that doping a small quantity of metal M atoms into the Ni site results in a decrease in the volume variation during the lithiation/delithiation cycle (ca. 4% from lithiated phase to delithiated phase, whereas 4.7% for the undoped case). Electronic calculations suggested that transition metal doping (Cr-, Fe-, and Co-doping) would effectively improve the electronic conductivity of systems. To evaluate effects of dopants on lithium mobility, we calculated the activation energies for lithium diffusion in M-doped LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 cathode. Our calculations indicate that doping with Co can potentially reduce lithium diffusion barrier as compared to that of pristine LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 spinel.

Key words: first-principles, spinel LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4, doping, volume variation, Li diffusion barriers