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Polymerized Ionic Liquids: Alkaline Fuel Cells and Batteries

Sponsor(s):

Army Research Laboratory – Materials Center of Excellence (MCOE), Army Research Office – Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI), Nanotechnology Institute via Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Principal Investigator(s):

Dr. Joe Elabd, Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Collaborator(s):

Winey (Univ. Penn.), Long (Va. Tech.), Beyer (ARL)

IExE Cluster:

Energy Storage Technology

Summary:

Solid-state polymer electrolytes with high ionic conductivities have been the subject of extensive research for electrochemical devices, such as fuel cells and batteries. In our laboratory, we are synthesizing and characterizing a new class of solid-state polymer electrolyte: polymerized ionic liquid block copolymers (PILbloX), which combine the benefits of block copolymers and ionic liquid-based chemistry. We are exploring the transport of hydroxide and lithium in this new class of materials for application to alkaline fuel cells and lithium ion batteries.

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