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EPSRC Reference: GR/N63703/01
Title: (ROPA) NEW POLYMERS FOR LITHIUM BATTERY CATHODES AND OTHER ELECTROCHEMICAL APPLICATIONS
Principal Investigator: Owen, Professor J
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Department: School of Chemistry
Organisation: University of Southampton
Scheme: ROPA
Starts: 08 January 2001 Ends: 07 April 2004 Value (£): 142,941
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Energy Storage Materials Characterisation
Materials Processing Materials Synthesis & Growth
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Electronics Energy
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A new generation of polymer electrode materials is proposed for investigation as lithium battery positive electrodes. The principle is charge storage via the known redox chemistry of quinones in lithium based electrolytes. Polyquinones to be synthesised will contain several carbonyl groups per ring in order to maximise the specific capacity, achieving a theoretical capacity of 350mAh.g-1, which is considerably higher than that of inorganic positive electrodes. The new polymers will be characterised electrochemically for consideration in the intended field of lithium batteries as well as other possible applications, such as oxygen and hydrogen diffusion.
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