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High oxide-ion conductivity in Si-deficient La$$_{9.565}$$(Si$$_{5.826}$$[]$$_{0.174}$$)O$$_{26}$$ apatite without interstitial oxygens due to the overbonded channel oxygens

Fujii, Kotaro*; Yashima, Masatomo*; Hibino, Keisuke*; Shiraiwa, Masahiro*; Fukuda, Koichiro*; Nakayama, Susumu*; Ishizawa, Nobuo*; Hanashima, Takayasu*; Ohara, Takashi  

Apatite-type rare earth silicates are attractive materials with exhaust application such as solid-oxide fuel cells, due to its extremely high oxide-ion conductivity below 600$$^{circ}$$C. Interstitial (excess) oxygens have been believed to be responsible for the high conductivity in apatite-type materials. On the contrary, the present study clearly reveals the presence of Si vacancies [] in La-rich La$$_{9.565}$$(Si$$_{5.826}$$[]]$$_{0.174}$$)O$$_{26}$$ instead of the interstitial oxygens, by single-crystal neutron and X-ray diffraction analyses, density measurements and ${{it ab initio}}$ electronic calculations.

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