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Structure–property study of cross-linked hydrocarbon/poly(ethylene oxide) electrolytes with superior conductivity and dendrite resistance

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Abstract

Lithium dendrite growth is a fundamental problem that precludes the practical use of lithium metal batteries. Solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) have been widely studied to resist the growth of lithium dendrites but the underlying mechanisms are still unclear. Most SPEs sacrifice high ionic conductivities for increased dendrite suppression performance by using components with high mechanical stiffness. We report a class of cross-linked hydrocarbon/poly(ethylene oxide) SPEs with both high ionic conductivities (approaching 1 × 10−3 S cm−1 at 25 °C) and superior dendrite suppression characteristics. A systematic structure–property study shows that the crystallinity of the hydrocarbon backbones plays a key role in regulating size and morphology of lithium dendrites, as well as the ability to suppress their growth.

Graphical abstract: Structure–property study of cross-linked hydrocarbon/poly(ethylene oxide) electrolytes with superior conductivity and dendrite resistance

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Submitted
26 Apr 2016
Accepted
18 Jul 2016
First published
19 Jul 2016

This article is Open Access
All publication charges for this article have been paid for by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Chem. Sci., 2016,7, 6832-6838
Article type
Edge Article

Structure–property study of cross-linked hydrocarbon/poly(ethylene oxide) electrolytes with superior conductivity and dendrite resistance

Q. Zheng, L. Ma, R. Khurana, L. A. Archer and G. W. Coates, Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 6832
DOI: 10.1039/C6SC01813K

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