The relationship between ionic conductivity, morphology, and Rheological properties of polystyrene-Wocfc-poly(ethylene oxide) copolymers (SEO) doped with a lithium salt, Li[N(SO2CF3)2], is elucidated. We focus on lamellar samples with poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) volume fractions, φ, ranging from 0.38 to 0.55, and PEO block molecular weights, M PEO, ranging from 16 to 98 kg/mol. The low-frequency storage modulus (G′) at 90 °C increases with increasing MPEO from about 4 × 105 to 5 × 107 Pa. Surprisingly, the conductivity of the SEO/salt mixtures with the molar ratio of Li to ethylene oxide moieties of 0.02 σ, also increases with increasing MPEO, from 6.2 × 10-5 to 3.6 × 10-4 S/cm at 90 °C. We compare σ with the conductivity of pure PEO/salt mixtures, σPEO. and find that σ/[(φσPEO] of our highest molecular weight sample is close to 0.67, the theoretical upper limit for transport through randomly oriented lamellar grains.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry
- Polymers and Plastics
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry