Evidence for Complex Dynamics in Glassy Fast Ion Conductors: The Case of Sodium Thiosilicates

SS Sorensen and MM Smedskjaer and M Micoulaut, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 127, 10179-10188 (2023).

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.3c02909

Classical molecular dynamics is used to study the dynamics of alkali ions in a promising fast ion conductor glass system, i.e., Na2S-SiS2. Diffusion in such thiosilicates is found to display various salient features of alkali silicates, i.e., channel-like diffusion with typical length scales emerging as the temperature is decreased to the glassy state, and Arrhenius behavior for both Na ion diffusivity and calculated conductivity. The dynamics appears, however, to be largely heterogeneous as manifested by fast and slow Na ion motion at intermediate times, both in the high-temperature liquid and in the glassy state. In the former, a diffusion-limited regime is found due to the increased motion of the network-forming species that limits the Na ion dynamics, whereas at low temperatures, the typical dynamical heterogeneities are recovered as observed close to the glass transition.

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