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Conductivity and NMR properties of plasticized polyethers complexed with lithium salts
journal contributionposted on 01.07.1996, 00:00 authored by Maria ForsythMaria Forsyth, M Garcia, D MacFarlane, S Ng, M Smith, J Strange
NMR provides a tool whereby the dynamic properties of specific nuclei can be investigated. In the present study, a poly(ethylene oxide-co-propylene oxide) network has been used as the polymer host to prepare solid polymer electrolytes (SPE) containing either LiClO4 or LiCF3SO3. In addition, a low molecular weight plasticizer [propylene carbonate (PC), dimethyl formamide (DMF) or tetraglyme] has been added to several of the samples to enhance the mobility of the polymer and, thus, of the ionic species. The effects of plasticizer and salt concentration on the ionic structure and mobility in these SPEs, as measured by NMR relaxation times, and correlation to the conductivity behaviour in these systems are discussed. Temperature dependent triflate diffusion coefficients, as measured by Pulsed Field Gradient 19F-NMR, in plasticized SPEs are also reported.