Special Issue "Redox Polymers for Energy Storage"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Zhongfan Jia

University of Queensland, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Brisbane, Australia
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Interests: living polymerization for complex polymer architecture; synthesis of polymer nanostructures for biological application; polymer-based electrochemical material for energy storage; polymer-supported catalytic reaction

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the ever-increasing demand for energy in human life, seeking a better energy-storage system has become a very important scientific and engineering issue. On this journey, inorganic metal-based batteries, such as lithium-ion batteries (LIB), have been very successful and have dramatically changed our lifestyles. However, the continuously increasing cost (~1500 USD/kg) and the limited reserves of lithium resources (17 ppm of the Earth’s crust) require the development of alternative cheap, sustainable and powerful energy storage materials. Redox polymers have been found to have great potential in developing flexible plastic battery materials and have attracted significant attention in past decade. Studies on redox polymers in electrochemical energy storage have attained remarkable achievements, from seeking the new material candidates to the fundamental electrochemical properties, physical, and mechanic properties, and device fabrications. The aim of this Special Issue is to provide a platform for scientists to share their newest progress in this topic. Reviews related to redox polymers are also welcome.

Dr. Zhongfan Jia
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Redox polymer
  • Polymer synthesis
  • Electrochemistry
  • Energy storage
  • Battery
  • Supercapacitor

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Open AccessArticle A Redox Conjugated Polymer-Based All-Solid-State Reference Electrode
Polymers 2018, 10(11), 1191; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym10111191
Received: 28 September 2018 / Revised: 19 October 2018 / Accepted: 21 October 2018 / Published: 25 October 2018
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This work reports the design, synthesis, and characterization of a novel redox-active conjugated polyaniline containing quinone moiety as a solid state reference electrode. The union of electro-active quinone with π-conjugated polyaniline was created by the first chemical synthesis of para-dimethoxybenzene-functionalized aniline as
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This work reports the design, synthesis, and characterization of a novel redox-active conjugated polyaniline containing quinone moiety as a solid state reference electrode. The union of electro-active quinone with π-conjugated polyaniline was created by the first chemical synthesis of para-dimethoxybenzene-functionalized aniline as a monomer using a palladium-mediated coupling. The successful polymerization of the as-prepared monomer was accomplished without acid additives. Its post-polymerization modification with strong Lewis acid boron tribromide furnished unique poly (aniline quinone/hydroquinone) with desired properties for all-solid-state reference electrode (RE) applications. The electrochemical responses from the conjugated polyaniline backbone in this unique polymer have been “suppressed” by the quinone pendant. The resulting poly (aniline quinone) showed a quasi-reversible redox process from the redox behavior of the pendant quinone. The stable electrode potential of this poly (aniline quinone/hydroquinone) suggested that it was a single phase in which the amounts of totally reduced and totally oxidized species could be maintained at a constant in various solvents and electrolytes. Its electrochemical stability was excellent with 95% peak current retention after continuous cyclic voltammetric testing. The aniline and quinone moieties in poly (aniline quinone/hydroquinone) render it to have both hydrophilic and hydrophobic compatibility. It showed excellent behavior as a reference electrode in aqueous and non-aqueous media and can be used in both non-zero current and zero-current conditions, providing a stable potential with a maximum potential drift of ~4.7 mV over ten consecutive days. Full article
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