Network Formation and Ionic Conduction in Polymer Electrolyte Materials

Friday, September 14, 2012 - 9:40am - 10:10am
Keller 3-180
Keith Promislow (Michigan State University)
We present a novel energy formulation for the microstructured networks that develop when functionalized polymers interact with solvent. Such materials
find widespread use in energy conversion and storage devices: PEM fuel cells, Dye-sensitized solar cells, Lithium-ion batteries. The formulation balances the favorable electrostatic interaction of tethered charges with solvent against entropic and elastic energy.
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