Transport mechanisms underlying ionic conductivity in nanoparticle-based single-ion electrolytes

dc.creatorKadulkar, Sanket
dc.creatorMilliron, Delia J.
dc.creatorTruskett, Thomas M.
dc.creatorGanesan, Venkat
dc.date.accessioned2024-01-30T19:18:42Z
dc.date.available2024-01-30T19:18:42Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.description.abstractRecent studies have demonstrated the potential of nanoparticle-based single-ion conductors as battery electrolytes. In this work, we introduce a coarse-grained multiscale simulation approach to identify the mechanisms underlying the ion mobilities in such systems and to clarify the influence of key design parameters on conductivity. Our results suggest that for the experimentally studied electrolyte systems, the dominant pathway for cation transport is along the surface of nanoparticles, in the vicinity of nanoparticle-tethered anions. At low nanoparticle concentrations, the connectivity of cationic surface transport pathways and conductivity increase with nanoparticle loading. However, cation mobilities are reduced when nanoparticles are in close vicinity, causing conductivity to decrease for sufficiently high particle loadings. We discuss the impacts of cation and anion choice as well as solvent polarity within this picture and suggest means to enhance ionic conductivities in single-ion conducting electrolytes based on nanoparticle salts.
dc.description.departmentCenter for Dynamics and Control of Materials
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was primarily supported by the National Science Foundation through the Center for Dynamics and Control of Materials: an NSF MRSEC under Cooperative Agreement No. DMR-1720595. The authors acknowledge the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) for providing computing resources that have contributed to the research results reported within this paper. We also acknowledge the Welch Foundation (Grant Nos. F-1599, F-1848 and F-1696) for support.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/123535
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.26153/tsw/50331
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.relation.ispartofCenter for Dynamics and Control of Materials Publications
dc.rights.restrictionOpen
dc.subjectelectrolytes
dc.titleTransport mechanisms underlying ionic conductivity in nanoparticle-based single-ion electrolytes
dc.typeArticle

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