Polymerized ionic liquid diblock copolymers with long alkyl side-chain length Academic Article uri icon


  • A polymerized ionic liquid (PIL) diblock copolymer with a long alkyl side-chain, poly(MMA-b-MUBIm-Br), was synthesized at various compositions from an ionic liquid monomer, (1-[(2-methacryloyloxy)undecyl]-3-butylimidazolium bromide) (MUBIm-Br), and a non-ionic monomer, methyl methacrylate (MMA). The PIL diblock copolymer was synthesized via post-functionalization from its non-ionic precursor PIL diblock copolymer, poly(MMA-b-BrUMA) (BrUMA = 11-bromoundecyl methacrylate), which was synthesized via the reverse addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization technique. Differential scanning calorimetry reveals two distinct constant glass transition temperatures (T gs) with a low PIL segment Tg. These PIL block copolymers result in easily processable, flexible, transparent films with high mechanical strength. A high bromide ion conductivity of 64.85 mS cm-1 at 80 C and 90% RH was measured for the PIL diblock copolymer with an ion exchange capacity (IEC) of 1.44 meq/g (23.3 mol% MUBIm-Br). Interestingly, this result was three times higher than its analogous PIL homopolymer (2.75 meq/g; 100 mol% MUBIm-Br) and an order of magnitude higher than a PIL block copolymer from a previous study with similar chemistry, similar IEC, higher water content, but shorter alkyl side-chain length. Ion conductivity did not scale as expected with water content, which is unusual for water-assisted ion transport (e.g., protons, hydroxide, chloride) in ion-containing polymers, and therefore suggests other mechanisms that impact ion transport in PIL block copolymers. 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Nykaza, J. R., Ye, Y., & Elabd, Y. A.

citation count

  • 38

complete list of authors

  • Nykaza, Jacob R||Ye, Yuesheng||Elabd, Yossef A

publication date

  • January 2014