Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZO) is a garnet-type material that demonstrates promising characteristics for all-solid-state battery applications due to its high Li-ion conductivity and its compatibility with Li metal. The primary limitation of LLZO is the propensity for short-circuiting at low current densities. Microstructure features such as grain boundaries, pore character, and density all contribute to this shorting phenomenon. Toward the goal of understanding processing-structure relationships for practical design of solid electrolytes, the present study tracks structural transformations in solid electrolytes processed at three different temperatures (1050, 1100, and 1150 °C) using synchrotron X-ray tomography. A subvolume of 300 μm3 captures the heterogeneity of the solid electrolyte microstructure while minimizing the computational intensity associated with 3D reconstructions. While the porosity decreases with increasing temperature, the underlying connectivity of the pore region increases. Solid electrolytes with interconnected pores short circuit at lower critical current densities than samples with less connected pores.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Chemistry (miscellaneous)
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Fuel Technology
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Materials Chemistry