9-13 July 2012
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
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Computer simulation studies of spinel LiMn<sub>2</sub>O<sub>4</sub> and LiNi<sub>x</sub>Mn<sub>2-x</sub>O<sub>4</sub> (0≤ x ≤ 2)

10 Jul 2012, 17:30
IT Building

IT Building

Poster Presentation Track A - Division for Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Poster Session


Mr kemeridge Tumelo Malatji (University of Limpopo)

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Spinel LiMn2O4 is a low-cost, environmentally friendly, and highly abundant material and is used as a cathode in Li-ion batteries. Doping in batteries improves the efficiency in maintaining electrochemical capacity over a large number of cycles without sacrificing initial reversible capacity at room temperature. We use computer simulation methods to study properties of spinel LiMn2O4 and doped LiNixMn2-xO4 (0≤x≤2). In particular, spin density functional theory employing the pseudo-potential plane-wave calculations within the generalized gradient approximation is used to investigate spinel structural and electronic properties; and pressure dependence. The calculated structural parameters are found to be in good agreement with experimental and literature results. In addition, the structural changes and electronic properties of LiMn2O4 spinel as a function of nickel content were investigated. The lattice parameters for doped systems are in coherent with the available experimental results. Analysis of electronic properties predicts the nature of bonding for both pure and doped systems.

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Dr RR Maphanga, University of Limpopo

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Mr kemeridge Tumelo Malatji (University of Limpopo)


Prof. Phuti Ngoepe (University of limpopo) Dr Rapela Maphanga (University of Limpopo)

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