Ionic conductivity in poly(diethylene glycol-carbonate)/sodium triflate complexes

M. Forsyth, A. L. Tipton, D. F. Shriver*, M. A. Ratner, D. R. MacFarlane

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New polymer electrolytes were synthesized and characterized based on a new polymer host. The motivation was to produce a host polymer with a high dielectric constant which should reduce ion clustering with an attendant increased conductivity. The new polymer host, poly(diethylene glycol carbonate) and its sodium triflate complexes were characterized by thermal analysis and AC impedance measurements. The polycarbonate backbone appears less flexible than the polyether hosts as evidenced by the higher glass transition temperatures. The conductivity for the sodium triflate complexes was measured as ∼ 10-5 S cm-1 at 55°C and the dielectric constant of the host polymer was found to be 3.6 at 3 GHz. The low conductivity is attributed to rigidity of the polycarbonate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-261
Number of pages5
JournalSolid State Ionics
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Aug 11 1997


  • Ion conductivity
  • Polycarbonate
  • Polymer electrolyte

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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