Science in China Series B: Chemistry

, Volume 48, Issue 6, pp 574–579 | Cite as

PEO-LiClO4-ZSM5 composite polymer electrolyte (IV): Polarized optical microscopy study



Polarized optical microscopy (POM) results show that ZSM5 has great influence on both the nucleation stage and the growth stage of PEO spherulites. Part of ZSM5 particles can act as the nucleus of PEO spherulites and thus increase the amount of PEO spherulites. On the other hand, ZSM5 can restrain the recrystallization tendency of PEO chains through Lewis acid-base interaction and hence decrease the growth speed of PEO spherulites. The increasing amount of PEO spherulites, decreasing size of PEO spherulites, and the incomplete crystallization are all beneficial for creating more continuous amorphous phases of PEO, which is very important for the transporting of Li+ ions. An adequate amount of ZSM5 can enhance the room temperature ionic conductivity of PEO-LiClO4 based polymer electrolyte for more than two magnitudes.


composite polymer electrolyte poly (ethylene oxide) ZSM-5 polarized optical microscopy spherulites 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jingyu Xi
    • 1
  • Xinping Qiu
    • 1
  • Wentao Zhu
    • 1
  • Liquan Chen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina

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