Structural properties and mechanical stability of monoclinic lithium disilicate

Yohandys A. Zulueta, James A. Dawson, Mathy Froeyen, Minh Tho Nguyen

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The structural, electronic and mechanical properties of monoclinic Li2Si2O5 are explored using density functional theory. Different exchange-correlation functionals are considered and the results are correlated to experimental data. The calculated electronic band structure and density of states indicate that monoclinic Li2Si2O5 has an insulating character with an indirect band gap of 4.98eV. Elastic stiffness coefficients and the bulk, shear and Young's moduli are also calculated. Our calculations predict that Li2Si2O5 is a ductile compound. We show that monoclinic Li2Si2O5 behaves as a specially orthotropic material, meaning that the structure can be masked by the orthorhombic form.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (B)
Early online date9 Jun 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jun 2017


  • Density functional theory
  • LiSiO
  • Monoclinic
  • Silicate glass ceramics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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