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Molecular dynamics of hybrid ionic materials for lithium battery


Ionic liquids have the ability to dissolve ions, such as, lithium salts. This makes them suitable electrolytes for lithium battery. These electrolytes have a characteristic feature to form ionic clusters due to the strong interaction between lithium and anions. Regarding their use as electrolyte for lithium battery, the lithium clustering effect leads to a decrease in ionic conductivity. In this context, new materials which are able to interact less effectively with lithium ion are highly requested. In this project we propose computational study of new materials with potential ability to decrease the lithium - anion interaction, decreasing the ion clustering. The materials we are concerned about in this project are ionic liquids bearing (-CH2CH2O-)n side chains, where n =2,4 or 6. Oxygen atoms in the side chain of cations would allow a less energetic favourable interaction between lithium ion and anions, decreasing the ion clustering previously mentioned. Nanocomposite formed by clays and poly(ethyleneoxide), PEO, has higher ionic conductivity than the polymer electrolyte PEO/LiBF4 at room temperature. Hybrid materials can be obtained by mixing ionic liquids and clays, which will be exploited as potential electrolyte for lithium battery. A different aspect to be studied concerns polarizable models for ionic liquids from ab initio calculations, using an approach that has been developed in colaboration with Prof. Paul Maddens group at University of Edinburgh. (AU)

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SALANNE, MATHIEU; SIQUEIRA, LEONARDO J. A.; SEITSONEN, ARI P.; MADDEN, PAUL A.; KIRCHNER, BARBARA. From molten salts to room temperature ionic liquids: Simulation studies on chloroaluminate systems. FARADAY DISCUSSIONS, v. 154, p. 171-188, . (08/08670-7)
MONTEIRO, MARCELO J.; ANDO, ROMULO A.; SIQUEIRA, LEONARDO J. A.; CAMILO, FERNANDA F.; SANTOS, PAULO S.; RIBEIRO, MAURO C. C.; TORRESI, ROBERTO M.. Effect of SO2 on the Transport Properties of an Imidazolium Ionic Liquid and Its Lithium Solution. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, v. 115, n. 31, p. 9662-9670, . (08/08670-7)
SIQUEIRA, LEONARDO J. A.; RIBEIRO, MAURO C. C.. Charge ordering and intermediate range order in ammonium ionic liquids. Journal of Chemical Physics, v. 135, n. 20, . (06/58748-7, 08/08670-7)
DA SILVA, ELAINE F.; SIQUEIRA, LEONARDO J. A.; ALVES, WAGNER A.. Monitoring the 1160 cm(-1) band of pyridazine to investigate complexes with formamide. VIBRATIONAL SPECTROSCOPY, v. 55, n. 2, p. 273-278, . (09/01759-5, 08/08670-7)
DUARTE, DANIEL; SALANNE, MATHIEU; ROTENBERG, BENJAMIN; BIZETO, MARCOS A.; SIQUEIRA, LEONARDO J. A.. Structure of tetraalkylammonium ionic liquids in the interlayer of modified montmorillonite. JOURNAL OF PHYSICS-CONDENSED MATTER, v. 26, n. 28, . (13/01382-4, 08/08670-7)

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