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Aqueous Polysulfide–Air Battery with a Mediator-Ion Solid Electrolyte and a Copper Sulfide Catalyst for Polysulfide Redox

Gross, Martha M.; Manthiram, Arumugam

Aqueous sodium polysulfide–air batteries are a promising system for enabling low-cost, high energy density, environmentally benign batteries for grid-scale deployment. However, the sluggish redox kinetics of aqueous polysulfide requires the use of a catalyst. Cobalt sulfide is a traditional catalyst with good activity and stability, but it uses expensive and…
12 March 2019
(Natural) polymersApplicationCharacterizationCustomer publicationsLiquid crystalsMaterialPhase analysisPolymer researchSAXSTechnique

On the morphological behavior of ABC miktoarm stars containing poly(cis 1,4-isoprene), poly(styrene), and poly(2-vinylpyridine)

Chernyy, Sergey; Mahalik, Jyoti P.; Kumar, Rajeev; Kirkensgaard, Jacob Judas Kain; Arras, Matthias M. L.; Kim, Hyeyoung; Schulte, Lars; Ndoni, Sokol; Smith, Gregory S.; Mortensen, Kell; Sumpter, Bobby G.; Russell, Thomas P.; Almdal, Kristoffer

Fundamental understanding of microphase separation in ABC miktoarm copolymers is vital to access a plethora of nonconventional morphologies. Miktoarm stars based on poly(cis 1,4-isoprene) (I), poly(styrene) (S), and poly(2-vinylpyridine) (V) are model systems, which allow systematic studies of the effects of composition, chemical microstructure, and temperature on the thermodynamics of…
12 March 2019
(Natural) polymersCustomer publicationsOrientation analysisPhase analysisPolymer researchSAXS

Controlling Crystal Microstructure To Minimize Loss in Polymer Dielectrics

Miranda, Daniel F.; Zhang, Shihai; Runt, James

A model semicrystalline polymer, poly(ethylene naphthalate) (PEN), was used to examine how morphological factors inhibit chain segment relaxations that contribute to dielectric loss. This was achieved by manipulating the extent of crystallization and the crystalline microstructure through a combination of annealing and uniaxial drawing and investigating the effects on dielectric…
12 March 2019
(Hydro)gels(Natural) polymersApplicationCharacteristic dimensionCharacterizationCustomer publicationsMaterialPolymer researchSAXSTechnique

Rapid and Quantitative De-tert-butylation for Poly(acrylic acid) Block Copolymers and Influence on Relaxation of Thermoassociated Transient Networks

Filippov, Alexei D.; van Hees, Ilse A.; Fokkink, Remco; Voets, Ilja K.; Kamperman, Marleen

The synthesis of charged polymers often requires the polymerization of protected monomers, followed by a polymer-analogous reaction to the polyelectrolyte product. We present a mild, facile method to cleave tert-butyl groups from poly(tert-butyl acrylate) blocks that yields poly(acrylic acid) (pAA) blocks free of traces of the ester. The reaction utilizes…
12 March 2019