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Volume 14 (1992), Issue 4, Pages 219-224

Highly Reversible Electrochemical Insertion of Lithium, Accompanied With a Marked Color Change, Occuring in Microcrystalline Lithium Nickel Oxide Films

1Laboratoire de Chimie du Solide du CNRS, 351 cours de la Libération, Talence cédex, 33405, France
2Groupe de Recherches de Lacq du Groupe Elf-Aquitaine, Artix, B.P. 34- 64170, France

Received 30 July 1991; Accepted 22 August 1991

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Thin films of lithium-nickel oxide, whose texture consists of microcrystallites with an average grain size of 50 Å, permit highly reversible electrochemical insertion of lithium ions in Li+ conducting electrolytes. Therefore, the corresponding materials would be of great interest for energy storage applications. In addition, the lithium insertion/extraction reactions in the nickel-based layers are accompanied with a marked color change, making these films of interest for the development of electrochromic displays for the control of light transmission in windows (“smart windows”).