The use of polymers in Li-S batteries: A review

Philip T. Dirlam, Richard S. Glass, Kookheon Char, Jeffrey Pyun

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Recent developments in the use of polymeric materials as device components in lithium sulfur (Li-S) batteries are reviewed. Li-S batteries have generated tremendous interest as a next generation battery exhibiting charge capacities and energy densities that greatly exceed Li-ion battery technologies. In this Highlight, the first comprehensive review focusing on the use of polymeric materials throughout these devices is provided. The key role polymers play in Li-S technology is presented and organized in terms of the basic components that comprise a Li-S battery: the cathode, separator, electrolyte, and anode. After a straightforward introduction to the construction of a conventional Li-S device and the mechanisms at work during cell operation, the use of polymers as binders, protective coatings, separators, electrolytes, and electroactive materials in Li-S batteries will be reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1635-1668
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 15 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We acknowledge the NSF (CHE-1305773, DMR-1607971), the University of Arizona Renewable Energy Network, Kuraray, the WCU Program through the NRF of Korea funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (R31-10013), and the University of Delaware through the Department of Materials Science and Engineering for support of this work. KC acknowledges the support from NRF for the National Creative Research Initiative Center for Intelligent Hybrids (2010-0018290). JP declares an actual or potential financial conflict of interest and is co-founder/equity holder in Innovative Energetics, a licensee of University of Arizona (UA) intellectual property. This relationship has been disclosed to the UA Institutional Review Committee and is managed by a Financial Conflict of Interest Management Plan.

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© 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


  • Li-S
  • batteries
  • elemental sulfur
  • inverse vulcanization
  • polymers


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