The Influence of Cation Structure on the Chemical-Physical Properties of Protic Ionic Liquids

Thomas Vogl, Peter Goodrich, Johan Jacquemin, Stefano Passerini, Andrea Balducci

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Abstract

In this study we investigated the influence of five different cations on the physical-chemical properties of protic ionic liquids (PILs) based on bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (TFSI-). We showed that the viscosities, ionic conductivities, densities and thermal properties of these PIL are strongly affected by the structure of the protic cation. Furthermore, the influence of the cation structure on the lithium coordination was investigated by Raman spectroscopy for all investigated PIL-based electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). This investigation clearly demonstrates, that the lithium average coordination number in PIL-based electrolytes is strongly affected by (ring) size and the number of protons on the cations structure and, more importantly, it might be significantly lower (more than 60 of that of electrolytes containing aprotic ionic liquids (AILs). Electrochemical performances of these PILs-based electrolytes were then also investigated to dress some conclusion on their applicability for LIB.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages31
JournalThe Journal of Physical Chemistry C
Early online date01 Apr 2016
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Publication statusEarly online date - 01 Apr 2016

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