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Structural and electrochemical properties of the binary silicides Eu5Si3 and EuSi

  • Bohdana Belan , Marek Daszkiewicz , Mariya Dzevenko EMAIL logo , Beata Rożdżyńska-Kiełbik , Volodymyr Pavlyuk and Roman Gladyshevskii


The crystal structures of Eu5Si3 and EuSi were studied in detail by X-ray single-crystal diffraction. The single crystals were selected from arc-melted and annealed samples. X-ray diffraction was performed at room temperature on an Oxford Diffraction X’calibur Atlas four-circle diffractometer (MoKα radiation). Eu5Si3 adopts the tetragonal Cr5B3-type: space group I4/mcm (# 140), Pearson code tI32, Z = 4, a = 7.9339(6), c = 15.308(2) Å. The compounds with equiatomic composition EuSi crystallize in the structure type TlI: space group Cmcm (# 63), Pearson code oS8, Z = 4, a = 4.6955(6), b = 11.1528(13), c = 3.9845(4) Å. The silicides Eu5Si3 and Li2Si form during electrochemical lithiation (charge process) of EuSi. The electrochemical process 5EuSi + 4Li+ + 4e ↔ Eu5Si3 + 2Li2Si is reversible, and the discharge specific capacity at 1C rate reached 140 mAhg−1 and the Coulombic efficiency is 93%.

Corresponding author: Mariya Dzevenko, Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Kyryla i Mefodiya Street 6, 79005 Lviv, Ukraine; and Chemical Faculty, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Kyryla i Mefodiya Street 6, UA-79005 Lviv, Ukraine, E-mail:

Funding source: National Science Centre, Poland

Award Identifier / Grant number: 2017/25/B/ST8/02179

  1. Author contributions: All the authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content of this submitted manuscript and approved submission.

  2. Research funding: Funding for this research was partial provided by: National Science Centre, Poland (grant no. 2017/25/B/ST8/02179).

  3. Conflict of interest statement: There are no conflicts to declare.


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Received: 2021-10-19
Accepted: 2021-11-10
Published Online: 2021-11-24
Published in Print: 2022-03-28

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