Ionic conductivity of a poly(vinylpyridinium)/silver iodide solid polymer electrolyte system

Ted M. Pappenfus, Wesley A. Henderson, Boone B. Owens, Kent R. Mann, William H. Smyrl

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A series of quaternized poly(2-vinylpyridine) (PVP) polymers has been synthesized with the general formula [(PVP)R]I, where R=H, Me, Bu. Addition of AgI to the polymers results in new silver ion conducting solid polymer materials. Conductivities as high as 6×10-3 S/cm have been observed for the 3:1 AgI/[(PVP)Me]I composition. Analogous materials with a 3:1 composition for the protonated and butyl-substituted polymers display lower conductivities near 2×10-4 S/cm. Conductivity studies, as a function of temperature, show these materials to be thermodynamically stable with a low activation energy for ion conduction. Differential scanning calorimetry experiments suggest that a new phase with the general formula (PVP)RAg3I4 forms with silver ions in a new amorphous state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-44
Number of pages4
JournalSolid State Ionics
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jun 30 2004

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by NASA Research Program NRA-00-GRC-1.


  • DSC
  • Electrochemical impedance analysis
  • Ionic conductivity
  • Silver ion conductors
  • Solid polymer electrolyte


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