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Design and evaluation of conjugated polymers with polar side chains as electrode materials for electrochemical energy storage in aqueous electrolytes

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Title: Design and evaluation of conjugated polymers with polar side chains as electrode materials for electrochemical energy storage in aqueous electrolytes
Authors: Moia, D
Giovannitti, A
Szumska, AA
Maria, IP
Rezasoltani, E
Sachs, M
Schnurr, M
Barnes, PRF
McCulloch, I
Nelson, J
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: We report the development of redox-active conjugated polymers that have potential applications in electrochemical energy storage. Side chain engineering enables processing of the polymer electrodes from solution, stability in aqueous electrolytes and efficient transport of ionic and electronic charge carriers. We synthesized a 3,3′-dialkoxybithiophene homo-polymer (p-type polymer) with glycol side chains and prepared naphthalene-1,4,5,8-tetracarboxylic-diimide-dialkoxybithiophene (NDI-gT2) copolymers (n-type polymer) with either a glycol or zwitterionic side chain on the NDI unit. For the latter, we developed a post-functionalization synthesis to attach the polar zwitterion side chains to the polymer backbone to avoid challenges of purifying polar intermediates. We demonstrate fast and reversible charging of solution processed electrodes for both the p- and n-type polymers in aqueous electrolytes, without using additives or porous scaffolds and for films up to micrometers thick. We apply spectroelectrochemistry as an in operando technique to probe the state of charge of the electrodes. This reveals that thin films of the p-type polymer and zwitterion n-type polymer can be charged reversibly with up to two electronic charges per repeat unit (bipolaron formation). We combine thin films of these polymers in a two-electrode cell and demonstrate output voltages of up to 1.4 V with high redox-stability. Our findings demonstrate the potential of functionalizing conjugated polymers with appropriate polar side chains to improve the accessible capacity, and to improve reversibility and rate capabilities of polymer electrodes in aqueous electrolytes.
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2019
Date of Acceptance: 25-Feb-2019
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/82468
DOI: 10.1039/c8ee03518k
ISSN: 1754-5692
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
Start Page: 1349
End Page: 1357
Journal / Book Title: Energy & Environmental Science
Volume: 12
Issue: 4
Copyright Statement: ©The Royal Society of Chemistry 2019. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)
Sponsor/Funder: Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
Funder's Grant Number: EP/P005543/1
Keywords: Science & Technology
Physical Sciences
Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Energy & Fuels
Engineering, Chemical
Environmental Sciences
Chemistry
Engineering
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
N-TYPE
STABILITY
OXIDATION
physics.app-ph
physics.app-ph
cond-mat.mtrl-sci
Energy
Publication Status: Published
Open Access location: https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlehtml/2019/ee/c8ee03518k
Online Publication Date: 2019-03-15
Appears in Collections:Physics
Chemistry
Experimental Solid State
Grantham Institute for Climate Change
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