, Volume 19, Issue 8, pp 1145–1153 | Cite as

Electrical and structural study of new antimony iodide-doped silver sulfate electrolytes

  • S. Austin SuthanthirarajEmail author
  • R. Sarumathi
Original Paper


This paper deals with the preparation and ion transport characteristics of a series of compositions in the solid-state mixed system [(SbI3)100 − x –(Ag2SO4) x ] where x = 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, and 90 mol%, respectively. These samples have been characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, ionic transport number, and impedance spectroscopic measurements. Among various compositions investigated, significant ones have possessed AgI as one of the constituent phases. Detailed electrical conductivity studies have shown that the observed ionic conductivity attains a maximum value of 2.1 × 10−3 S cm−1 at room temperature (298 K) for the typical composition containing x = 60 mol%, whereas the corresponding values of transport number of silver ion as determined by Wagner’s and EMF methods are found to be nearly unity. Interestingly, the enhanced ionic conduction of the chosen composite system may be attributed to the feasibility of formation of AgI in several compositions as a consequence of ion exchange reaction between SbI3 and Ag2SO4.


Antimony iodide Silver sulfate Ionic conductor Phase transition X-ray diffraction analysis 



We thankfully acknowledge the DSC facility provided by SAIF-IITM and the SEM facility provided by National Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Madras.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnergyUniversity of Madras, Maraimalai (Guindy) CampusChennaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryQueen Mary’s CollegeChennaiIndia

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