Journal of Polymer Research

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 283–290 | Cite as

Structural, electrical and optical properties of pure and NaLaF4 doped PEO polymer electrolyte films

  • V. M. Mohan
  • V. Raja
  • P. Balaji Bhargav
  • A. K. Sharma
  • V. V. R. Narasimha Rao
Short Communication


A Sodium ion conducting polymer electrolyte based on Polyethylene oxide (PEO) complexed with Sodium lanthanum tetra fluoride (NaLaF4) was prepared using solution cast technique. The complexation of the salt with PEO was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopic (FTIR) studies. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) is carried out to determine the melting temperature of these electrolyte films. Electrical conductivity was measured in the temperature range 300–370 K as a function of dopant concentration as well as temperature. Optical absorption studies were made in the wavelength range 200–600 nm on pure and NaLaF4 doped PEO film. The absorption edge was observed at 4.62 eV for undoped PEO while it ranged from 3.16 to 3.5 eV for NaLaF4 doped films. The direct band gaps for undoped and NaLaF4 doped PEO films were found to be, respectively, 4.54 and 3.44, 3.24 and 3.12 eV while the indirect band gaps were 4.43 and 3.25, 3.05 and 2.9 eV, respectively. It was found that the energy gaps and band edge values shifted to lower energies on doping with NaLaF4 salt.


XRD FTIR DSC Electrical conductivity Optical absorption NaLaF4-doped polymer electrolyte films 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. M. Mohan
    • 1
  • V. Raja
    • 1
  • P. Balaji Bhargav
    • 1
  • A. K. Sharma
    • 1
  • V. V. R. Narasimha Rao
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsSri Venkateswara UniversityTirupatiIndia

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