Superionic AgI particles embedded in MCM-41 and SBA-15 molecular sieves with different pore sizes were studied using NMR and dielectric methods. The measurements confirmed that the structure of the confined particles did not change noticeably compared to that in bulk AgI. A regular increase in the temperature of the superionic phase transition with decreasing pore size was observed and treated on the basis of the Landau theory of thermodynamic size effects. The maximum increase found upon warming and cooling was about 10 and 8 K, respectively. The ionic conductivity in β-AgI under confinement was shown to be due to silver mobility on the particle surface.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics