Bulletin of Materials Science

, 41:150 | Cite as

Thermo-transport properties of Zn-substituted layered Li-nickel oxide, \(\hbox {LiNiO}_{2}\)

  • Md Mofasser MallickEmail author
  • Satish Vitta


The layered Li-TM-\(\hbox {O}_{2}\) materials have been investigated extensively due to their application as cathodes in Li batteries. The electrical properties of these oxides can be tuned or controlled either by non-stoichiometry or substitution. Hence the thermo-transport properties of Zn-substituted \(\hbox {LiNi}_{1-x}\hbox {Zn}_{x}\hbox {O}_{2}\) for \(0 \le x \le 0.16\) have been investigated in the temperature range of 300–900 K for potential application as a high-temperature thermoelectric material. For \(x < 0.08\), the compounds were of single phase belonging to the space group R-3mH while for \(x > 0.08\) an additional minority phase, ZnO forms together with the main layered phase. All the compounds exhibit a semiconducting behaviour with electrical resistivity, varying in the range of  \(\sim 10^{-4}\) to \(10^{-2}\,\,\Omega \hbox {m}\) between 300 and 900 K. The electrical resistivity is found to increase with increasing Zn-substitution predominantly due to a decrease in the charge carrier hole mobility. The activation energy remains constant, \(\sim \)10  meV, with Zn-substitution. The Seebeck coefficient of the compounds is found to decrease with increasing temperature and increase with increasing Zn-substitution. The Seebeck coefficient decreases from \(\sim \)95 to \(35\ \upmu \hbox {V K}^{-1}\) and the corresponding power factor is \(\sim \)12\(\ \upmu \hbox {W m}^{-1}\ {\hbox {K}}^{-2}\) for the \(x = 0.16\) compound.


Thermoelectricity layered oxides Seebeck coefficient conductivity 



We acknowledge ‘Nano mission’ of the Department of Science and Technology and ISRO-IITB Space Technology Cell for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials ScienceIndian Institute of Technology BombayMumbaiIndia

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