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Recent Innovations in Chemical Engineering


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Research Article

Structural, Vibrational, Electrical, Electrochemical and Capacitive Investigations on Ionic Liquid Doped P (VDF-HFP) + NaSCN Based Polymer Electrolytes

Author(s): Azemtsop T. Manfo, Pramod K. Singh, R.M. Mehra, R.C. Singh and Meenal Gupta*

Volume 14, Issue 1, 2021

Published on: 19 July, 2020

Page: [21 - 34] Pages: 14

DOI: 10.2174/2405520413999200719141337

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Background: Solid polymer electrolyte (SPEs) films based on poly (vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) P(VDF–HFP) and sodium thiocyanate (NaSCN) are prepared using the solution casting technique.

Methods: Ionic liquid (IL; 1-ethyl-3-methyl-imidazolium tricyanomethanide ([EMIM] [TCM]) is incorporated into the prepared polymer-salt complex matrix to enhance its ionic conductivity further. Polarized optical microscopy (POM) shows a change in the surface morphology of IL doped polymer electrolyte films. The composite nature of polymer electrolyte films is confirmed using Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy via studying ion-ion and ion-polymer interactions. The structural morphology of ionic liquid doped polymer electrolyte films (ILDPE) confirms the complexation between the ionic liquid ([EMIM][TCM]), salt (NaSCN) and polymer P(VDF-HFP). This is further confirmed using DSC and XRD measurements. The XRD structural analysis confirms that the intensity of crystalline peaks present in IL doped solid polymer electrolyte films decreases as compared to that of the pure polymer as well as polymer salt complex system. XRD clearly indicates the enhancement in its amorphous nature, which is necessary to increase the conductivity.

Results: The incorporation of IL into polymer salt-complex matrix leads to changes in the melting of polymer electrolytes, confirmed by DSC thermograms. Polymer electrolyte films are also characterized using impedance spectroscopy (IS) to check their electrical properties. The highest ionic conductivity is found to be 7.80×10-4 S cm-1 for 6 wt% IL doped polymer electrolyte film.

Conclusion: The Linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) analysis shows that the optimized polymer gel electrolyte is electrochemically stable up to 1.5 V. The calculated value of ionic transference number (tion) is found to be 0.985. A laboratory scale electrical double layer capacitor (EDLC) has been fabricated using this highly conducting polymer electrolyte film. The specific capacitance value is found to be 1.31 F g-1.

Keywords: Polymer electrolyte, electrical double layer capacitor, ionic transference number (tion), charge carriers, mobility, ionic conductivity.

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