Ionic liquid based polymer gel electrolytes for use with germanium thin film anodes in lithium ion batteries
McGrath, Louise M.
Rohan, James F.
Thermally stable, flexible polymer gel electrolytes with high ionic conductivity are prepared by mixing the ionic liquid 1‐butyl‐1‐methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (C4mpyrTFSI), LiTFSI and poly(vinylidene difluoride‐co‐hexafluoropropylene (PVDF‐HFP). FT‐IR and Raman spectroscopy show that an amorphous film is obtained for high (60 %) C4mpyrTFSI contents. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) confirms that the polymer gels are stable below ∼300 °C in both nitrogen and air environments. Ionic conductivity of 1.9×10−3 S cm−2 at room temperature is achieved for the 60 % ionic liquid loaded gel. Germanium (Ge) anodes maintain a coulombic efficiency above 95 % after 90 cycles in potential cycling tests with the 60 % C4mpyrTFSI polymer gel.
Flexible polymers , Gel electrolyte membranes , Germanium anodes , Ionic liquids , Lithium-ion batteries
McGrath, L. M., Jones, J., Carey, E. and Rohan, J. F. (2019) 'Ionic Liquid Based Polymer Gel Electrolytes for Use with Germanium Thin Film Anodes in Lithium Ion Batteries', ChemistryOpen, 8(12), pp. 1429-1436. doi: 10.1002/open.201900313
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