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A study of the properties of plasticised polymer electrolytes

posted on 2019-11-14, 03:25 authored by Pavla Meakin
Solid polyether electrolytes (SPEs) are novel ion conducting solid materials that have a vast potential in sustainable electrochemical devices, such as the light, high energy density, long-life mobile phone batteries. SPEs result from complexing low lattice energy salts with aprotic polymers, e.g. polyethylene oxide, PEO. The movement of ions in SPEs is facilitated by the correlated motion of a small number of monomer units of the linear polymer backbone which mimic the transport of ions in liquid electrolytes. Strong evidence for this transport mechanism is indicated by the good fit of the temperature dependent conductivity data to the Vogel-Tamman-Fulcher equation (VTF), implying that the ions are effectively coupled to the polar PEO backbone.[...]


Principal supervisor

D. R. MacFarlane

Additional supervisor 1

M. Forsyth

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Science