Elastic Single-Ion Conducting Polymer Electrolytes: Toward a Versatile Approach for Intrinsically Stretchable Functional Polymers
Polymer Science and Engineering
Fabrication of stretchable functional polymeric materials usually relies on the physical adhesion between functional components and elastic polymers, while the interfacial resistance is a potential problem. Herein, a versatile approach on the molecular-level intrinsically stretchable polymer materials with defined functionality is reported. The single-ion conducting polymer electrolytes (SICPEs) were employed to demonstrate the proposed concept along with its potential application in stretchable batteries/electronics with improved energy efficiency and prolonged cell lifetime. The obtained membranes exhibit 88–252% elongation before breaking, and the mechanical properties are well adjustable. The galvanostatic test of the assembled cells using the obtained SICPE membrane exhibited a good cycling performance with a capacity retention of 81.5% after 100 cycles. The applicability of a proposed molecular-level design for intrinsically stretchable polymer materials is further demonstrated in other types of stretchable functional materials, including poly(vinylcarbazole)-based semiconducting polymers and poly(ethylene glycol)-based gas separation membranes.
Vogiatzis, K. D.,
Sokolov, A. P.,
(2020). Elastic Single-Ion Conducting Polymer Electrolytes: Toward a Versatile Approach for Intrinsically Stretchable Functional Polymers. Macromolecules, 53(9), 3591-3601.
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