Lithium metal orthosilicates are attracting a lot of attention owing to their promising prospects as potential high capacity cathode materials for Li-ion batteries. Currently, great efforts are being made in order to achieve the full theoretical specific capacity of 330 mA h g1, but many issues remain unsolved (e.g., poor structural and cycling stability), which limit their practical application. The present perspective highlights the importance of assessing the electrochemical behaviour of Li2(Fe,Mn)SiO4 by combining an arsenal of characterization techniques both spectroscopic and structural, in and ex situ. Here, we review the most recent achievements in the investigation of the electrochemical performance of lithium metal orthosilicate cathodes and, through some of our recent results, we attempt to clarify the relationship between the structure and electrochemistry of these compounds.
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