Coulombic interaction and charge transfer in polymer electrolytes

Mark A Ratner, A. Nitzan

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Efforts in a number of laboratories have focused on preparation of fully amorphous materials, notably 'Comb polymers' consisting of a highly flexible backbone like polysiloxane or polyphosphazene with short ether side chains capable of binding the cation and therefore stabilizing the complex. (1) In these homogeneous phases, the typical ionic concentrations are from 0.5 to 8.0 molar, with average cation/anion separations ranging from 12 to 6 angstroms. Clearly these conditions are those of a highly concentrated electrolyte. It then becomes of interest, in discussing conduction mechanisms, to distinguish between single ion mobilities and interionic interaction effects that can modify the number of mobile ions. We will attempt to distinguish these effects, to characterize each in simple theoretical terms, and thereby to describe the dominant theoretical constructs that must underlie any proper theory of the conductivity of these polymer materials.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmerican Chemical Society, Polymer Preprints, Division of Polymer Chemistry
PublisherPubl by ACS
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1989
EventPapers Presented at the Dallas, Texas Meeting - Dallas, TX, USA
Duration: Apr 9 1989Apr 14 1989


OtherPapers Presented at the Dallas, Texas Meeting
CityDallas, TX, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics

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