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Polymer architecture effect on sodium ion transport in PSTFSI-based ionomers: a molecular dynamics study
journal contributionposted on 2016-05-01, 00:00 authored by Xingyu Chen, Fangfang ChenFangfang Chen, M S Liu, Maria ForsythMaria Forsyth
In this study, we investigated the effect of polymer architecture on the ion dynamics and local structure to understand the factors that might lead to the design of highly conductive and mechanically robust polyelectrolytes. Molecular dynamic simulations were undertaken on the sodium poly[(4-styrenesulfonyl) (trifluoromethanesulfonyl) imide] P(STFSINa) homopolymer and its copolymers with either ether or styrene spacer groups to investigate the spacer length and polarity dependence of Na-ion transport. Using a scaled charge model, we observed a continuous ion aggregate network in the homopolymer, which facilitates the fast ion dynamics despite the rigid polymer matrix. The longest spacer groups disrupt this percolating ionic network differently, with the ether group being more disruptive than the styrene group, and leading to more discrete ionic aggregates. The copolymer with the ether spacer was also found to result in an alternative Na-ion diffusion mechanism.