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Ion Conduction in Polymerized Ionic Liquids with Different Pendant Groups

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Polymerized ionic liquids (PolyILs) are promising candidates for energy storage and electrochemical devices applications. Understanding their ionic transport mechanism is the key for designing highly conductive PolyILs. By using broadband dielectric spectroscopy (BDS), rheology, and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), a systematic study has been carried out to provide a better understanding of the ionic transport mechanism in PolyILs with different pendant groups. The variation of pendant groups results in different dielectric, mechanical, and thermal properties of these PolyILs. The Walden plot analysis shows that the data points for all these PolyILs fall above the ideal Walden line, and the deviation from the ideal line increases upon approaching the glass transition temperature (Tg). The conductivity for these PolyILs at their Tgs are much higher than the usually reported value ∼10–15 S/cm for polymer electrolytes, in which the ionic transport is closely coupled to the segmental dynamics. These results indicate a decoupling of ionic conductivity from the segmental relaxation in these materials. The degree of decoupling increases with the increase of the fragility of polymer segmental relaxation. We relate this observation to a decrease in polymer packing efficiency with an increase in fragility.