Electrolytes for Zn Batteries: Deep Eutectic Solvents in Polymer Gels

Victor Gregorio*, Piotr Jankowski, Nuria Garcia, Juan Maria Garcia Lastra, Pilar Tiemblo, Jin Hyun Chang*

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Abstract

Gel polymer electrolytes composed of deep eutectic solvent Acetamide4:Zn(TFSI)2 and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) are prepared using a fast, solvent-free procedure. The effect of the PEO molecular weight and its concentration on the physicochemical and electrochemical properties of the electrolytes are studied. Gels prepared with ultra-high molecular weight PEO present pseudo-solid behavior and ionic conductivity even higher than that of the original liquid electrolyte. A decrease in the dendritic growth in soft gels with PEO contents up to 1 wt. % is demonstrated. The changes in the chemical structure of the electrolyte produced by the strong interactions between ethylene oxide units and Zn2+ have also been studied. The addition of PEO takes the electrolyte out of its original eutectic composition, producing blend crystallization. However, it is possible to retain the eutectic point of the electrolyte in a gel form if the addition of PEO is accompanied by the reduction of acetamide.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere202300256
JournalChemSusChem
Volume16
Issue number12
Number of pages9
ISSN1864-5631
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Zinc batteries
  • Deep eutectic solvents
  • Polymers
  • Gel electrolytes

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