Facile topotactic synthesis of tavorite LiFeSO4F using supercritical methanol

Su Jin Kim, Boeun Lee, Kwan Young Lee, Byung Won Cho, Si Hyoung Oh

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For the first time, tavorite-structured LiFeSO4F is synthesized using supercritical methanol at 300 °C within a short reaction time of 15 min. The synthesis involves topotactic insertion of LiF in the supercritical solution into szomolnokite-type FeSO4⋅H2O, whose structure is similar to that of the tavorite. The introduction of the co-solvent, tetraethylene glycol, solubilizes LiF partially and significantly promotes the incorporation of LiF into the structure, enabling the synthesis of highly uniform granular particles of the tavorite sized approximately 200 nm, in 15 min. The longer reaction time in supercritical methanol at 300 °C results in reduced reversible Li storage capacity and inferior cycling stability. Furthermore, the increase in the synthesis temperature results in a phase transition to triplite LiFeSO4F, which is a more thermodynamically stable phase in the synthetic temperature ranges considered. This study provides a new insight into the facile synthesis of other related fluorosulfate or fluorophosphate materials using supercritical methanol.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-33
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Sept 15

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was financially supported by KIST institutional program (Project No. 2E28142 ) and by National Research Foundation of Korea ( NRF-2011-C1AAA001-0030538 ).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Elsevier B.V.


  • Lithium iron fluorosulfate
  • Methanol
  • Supercritical synthesis
  • Tavorite
  • Tetraethylene glycol
  • Topotactic reaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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