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Lithium-functionalised silica nanoparticles for enhanced ionic conductivity in an organic ionic plastic crystal
journal contributionposted on 01.01.2010, 00:00 authored by Y Shekibi, Jenny PringleJenny Pringle, J Sun, S Pas, N Rocher, B Clare, A Hill, D MacFarlane, Maria ForsythMaria Forsyth
Addition of silica nanoparticles functionalised with lithium propane sulfonate to the organic ionic plastic crystal N-ethyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)amide ([C2mpyr][NTf2]) results in a significant increase in ionic conductivity. Analysis of these nanocomposites by impedance spectroscopy, NMR, positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and Raman spectroscopy suggests that this is the result of higher matrix mobility due to an increase in defect size and concentration. The effect of these functionalised nanoparticles is compared to that previously observed for unfunctionalised nanoparticles in the lithium-doped and pure plastic crystal.