Composite polymer electrolytes with improved lithium metal electrode interfacial properties: I. Electrochemical properties of dry PEO-LiX systems

G.B. Appetecchi, F. Croce, G. Dautzenberg, M. Mastragostino, F. Ronci, B. Scrosati, F. Soavi, A. Zanelli, F. Alessandrini, P.P. Prosini

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Several types of lithium ion conducting polymer electrolytes have been synthesized by hot-pressing homogeneous mixtures of the components, namely, poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) as the polymer matrix, lithium trifluoromethane sulfonate (LiCF3SO3), and lithium tetrafluoborate (LiBF4), respectively, as the lithium salt, and lithium gamma-aluminate γ-LiAlO2, as a ceramic filler. This preparation procedure avoids any step including liquids so that plasticizer-free, composite polymer electrolytes can be obtained. These electrolyte have enhanced electrochemical properties, such as an ionic conductivity of the order of 10-4S cm-1at 80-90°C and an anodic breakdown voltage higher than 4 V vs. Li. In addition, and most importantly, the combination of the dry feature of the synthesis procedure with the dispersion of the ceramic powder, concurs to provide these composite electrolytes with an exceptionally high stability with the lithium metal electrode. In fact, this electrode cycles in these dry polymer electrolytes with a very high efficiency, i.e., approaching 99%. This in turn suggests the suitability of the electrolytes for the fabrication of improved rechargeable lithium polymer batteries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4126 - 4132
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1998


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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