Monatshefte für Chemie - Chemical Monthly

, Volume 140, Issue 9, pp 1103–1112 | Cite as

Characterizing ion dynamics in nanoscopic volumes: time-domain electrostatic force spectroscopy on solid electrolytes

  • André Schirmeisen
  • Bernhard RolingEmail author
Original Paper



We use time-domain electrostatic force spectroscopy (TD-EFS) for characterizing the ion dynamics in solid electrolytes on a nanoscopic level. For partially crystallized glass ceramics we are able to distinguish between dynamic processes in the glassy phase, in crystallites, and at interfaces. Nanoscopic polarization spots can be created and directly visualized, and their time evolution can be studied. By applying grid-type spectroscopic measurements, maps of the local relaxation strength can be obtained, giving information about the spatial distribution of the glassy and crystalline phases.

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Electrostatic force spectroscopy Ionic conduction Glass ceramics Nanocrystallites Interfaces 



We are grateful to Ahmet Taskiran for carrying out the TD-EFS measurements, to Professor Harald Fuchs for providing access to the variable-temperature AFM, and to Professor H. Bracht for valuable discussions. Furthermore, we acknowledge financial support of our work by the German Science Foundation (DFG, SFB 458).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Physics and Center for Nanotechnology (CeNTech)University of MünsterMünsterGermany
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry and Center for Materials Science (WZMW)University of MarburgMarburgGermany

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