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Synthesis of networked polymers by copolymerization of monoepoxy-substituted lithium sulfonylimide and diepoxy-substituted poly(ethylene glycol), and their properties



Networked polymers that had poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) chains and lithium sulfonylimide salt structures were prepared by curing a mixture of poly(ethylene glycol) diglycidyl ether and lithium 3-glycidyloxypropanesulfonyl-trifluoromethanesulfonylimide with poly(ethylene glycol) bis(3-aminopropyl) terminated. The obtained flexible self-standing networked polymer films showed high thermal and mechanical stability with relatively high ionic conductivity. The room temperature ionic conductivity under a dry condition was in the range of 10−5 ∼ 10−4 S m−1, which is one order of magnitude higher than the corresponding networked polymers having lithium sulfonate salt structures (10−6 ∼ 10−5 S m−1). The film sample became swollen by immersing in propylene carbonate (PC) or PC solution of lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (LiTFSI). The sample swollen in PC showed higher ionic conductivity (7.2 × 10−3 S m−1 at room temperature), and the sample swollen in 1.0 M LiTFSI/PC showed much higher ionic conductivity (8.2 × 10−1 S m−1 at room temperature). © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem, 2011

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