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Published March 21, 2017 | public
Journal Article

Designing Polymer Electrolytes for Safe and High Capacity Rechargeable Lithium Batteries


The development of solid polymer electrolytes for lithium battery applications is a challenge of profound technological significance. We have established a collaboration with the aim of understanding and designing improved polymer electrolytes that combines theoretical modeling, polymer synthesis, and experimental characterization. By studying diverse polymer chemistries, we have discovered that ion-solvation-site connectivity is an important feature of polymer electrolytes that is necessary for high lithium-ion conductance. We are employing this insight into search for improved polymer electrolytes, with promising early-stage results.

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© 2017 American Chemical Society. Received: November 11, 2016; Published: March 21, 2017. This research was supported by the DMREF (Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future) Program of the National Science Foundation, Award Numbers NSF-CHE-1335486, NSF-CHE-1333736, and NSF-CHE-1334410. We thank our students, Brett Savoie, Danielle Pesko, Mike Webb, and Qi Zheng, for their valuable input. The authors declare no competing financial interest

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