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Title: Reciprocated suppression of polymer crystallization toward improved solid polymer electrolytes: Higher ion conductivity and tunable mechanical properties

Solid polymer electrolytes based on lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl) imide and polymer matrix were extensively studied in the past due to their excellent potential in a broad range of energy related applications. Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and polyethylene oxide (PEO) are among the most examined polymer candidates as solid polymer electrolyte matrix. In this paper, we study the effect of reciprocated suppression of polymer crystallization in PVDF/PEO binary matrix on ion transport and mechanical properties of the resultant solid polymer electrolytes. With electron and X-ray diffractions as well as energy filtered transmission electron microscopy, we identify and examine the appropriate blending composition that is responsible for the diminishment of both PVDF and PEO crystallites. Laslty, a three-fold conductivity enhancement is achieved along with a highly tunable elastic modulus ranging from 20 to 200 MPa, which is expected to contribute toward future designs of solid polymer electrolytes with high room-temperature ion conductivities and mechanical flexibility.
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  1. Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (United States)
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  3. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
  4. Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States)
  5. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Pusan National Univ., Busan (Korea, Republic of)
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Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Polymer Science. Part B, Polymer Physics (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Journal of Polymer Science. Part B, Polymer Physics (Online); Journal Volume: 53; Journal Issue: 20; Journal ID: ISSN 1099-0488
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; blends; crystallization; ion conductivity; polymercrystallization; reciprocated suppression; solid polymer electrolytes; TEM
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