Determination of charge carrier transport parameters in a polymer electrolyte intended for Li-ion batteries using electrochemical impedance analysis
Journal article, 2020

Solid polymer electrolytes are key components in many electrochemical devices. For an in-depth study of the basic parameters of such electrolytes, we developed a previously proposed method in order to determine the charge carrier density (n), mobility (μ), and diffusion coefficient (D) of ionic conductors using electrochemical impedance analysis. This reinforced method was tested with a composite solid electrolyte based on polyethylene oxide, ethylene carbonate, LiCF3SO3, and alumina filler by analyzing DC conductivity, frequency dependence of AC conductivity, and the complex dielectric function. The results show a clear picture of the temperature dependence of the parameters n, μ, and D; for example, at 20 °C, more than 15% of the total number of ions available in the electrolyte are mobile, and this value decreases with increasing temperature, most probably due to increased ion association in agreement with measurements using other techniques. The increase in ionic conductivity with increasing temperature is thus due to an increased mobility of the ionic species.


T M W J Bandara

University of Peradeniya

L. Ajith DeSilva

University of West Georgia

L. B.E. Gunasekara

University of Peradeniya

Sunil Dehipawala

Queensborough Community College

Bengt-Erik Mellander

Subatomic, High Energy and Plasma Physics

Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry

1432-8488 (ISSN)

Vol. 24 5 1207-1216

Subject Categories

Inorganic Chemistry


Materials Chemistry



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