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In situ growth of polymer electrolytes on lithium ion electrode surfaces

By Gaber El-Enany, Matthew J. Lacey, Phil A. Johns and John R. Owen

Abstract

Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) films were grown on glassy carbon, nickel foam and MnO2 substrates by cathodic electropolymerisation of acrylonitrile in acetonitrile with tetrabutylammonium perchlorate (TBAP) as the supporting electrolyte. The electronic barrier properties of the films were confirmed by impedance spectroscopy of carbon |PAN| Hg cells while the ionic resistance of the films varied from 200 k? cm2 in the dry state to 1.4 ? cm2 when plasticised with 1 M LiPF6 in propylene carbonate. A galvanic cell was prepared by successive electrodepositions of MnO2 and PAN on a carbon substrate, using liquid lithium amalgam as the top contact. The cell showed a stable open circuit potential and behaved normally under the galvanostatic intermittent titration technique (GITT)

Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.soton.ac.uk:149175
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