Written by: Edina Šić, Dr. Jochen Rohrer, Dr. Emmanuel Ricohermoso, Prof. Karsten Albe, Dr. Emmanuel Ionescu, Prof. Ralf Riedel, Dr. Hergen Breitzke, Dr. Torsten Gutmann, Prof. Gerd Buntkowsky
Abstract:Polymer-derived silicon oxycarbide ceramics (SiCO) have been considered as potential anode materials for lithium- and sodium-ion batteries. To understand their electrochemical storage behavior, detailed insights into structural sites present in SiCO are required. In this work, the study of local structures in SiCO ceramics containing different amounts of carbon is presented. 13C and 29Si solid-state MAS NMR spectroscopy combined with DFT calculations, atomistic modeling, and EPR investigations, suggest significant changes in the local structures of SiCO ceramics even by small changes in the material composition. The provided findings on SiCO structures will contribute to the research field of polymer-derived ceramics, especially to understand electrochemical storage processes of alkali metal/ions such as Na/Na+ inside such networks in the future.