Structure-property relationships of fast copper ion conductor cubic CuI

D. S. Adipranoto, F. Shikanai, M. Yonemura, K. Mori, J. G. Park, K. Itoh, T. Kamiyama

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Structure-property relationships of fast copper ion conductor cubic γ-CuI (300 K) and α-CuI (773 K) has been investigated using the time-of-flight (TOF) neutro powder diffraction over the Q-range up to 30 Å- 1. Crystal structure of the both γ- and α-phases were refined using the conventional Rietveld methods combined with the maximum-entropy-method (MEM), whilst the local structures were analyzed by means of the pair distribution function (PDF) combined with the reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) simulation. The crystal structure analysis revealed temperature dependence of large thermal displacement of copper ions along <111> directions, with average copper ions density mostly distributed at the 8c center of tetrahedrally-coordinated by I ions. The PDF analysis estimated the new peak position of Cu-Cu pairs shifted from 4.27 Å in the γ-phase to 2.49 Å in the α-phase and estimation of coordination number decreases from 12.1 to 5.8, respectively. The local structure analysis found the new split peaks of gCu-Cu(r) at r about 2.47 Å and 2.72 Å in the α-phase that roughly correspond to the Cu-Cu diagonally distance between nearest neighboring tetrahedral corner 32f-32f sites and between tetrahedral center 8c-32f sites such as represented by the splitting Cu site model of Fm-3m.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-496
Number of pages5
JournalSolid State Ionics
Issue number6-8
Publication statusPublished - May 14 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Maximum-entropy-method
  • Pair distribution function
  • Reverse Monte Carlo
  • Splitting Cu site model
  • Time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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