A highly conductive and robust anion conductor obtained: Via synergistic manipulation in intra- and inter-laminate of layered double hydroxide nanosheets

Xueyi He, Li Cao, Guangwei He, Anqi Zhao, Xunli Mao, Tong Huang, Yan Li, Hong Wu, Jie Sun, Zhongyi Jiang

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Abstract

Layered double hydroxides (LDH), bearing trivalent cationic charge centers and hydroxyl slabs, hold great promise for use in efficient solid-state ion conductors. In this study, a composite membrane with ion-conducting 2D channels was prepared based on exfoliated LDH nanosheets and quaternized polyvinyl alcohol via a filtration process. The LDH laminates, which were formed by the stacking of exfoliated LDH nanosheets, primarily afforded the conductive performance of the membranes. Within the intra-laminate galleries of LDH, charge-balancing anions determined the channel size, water absorption capacity and electrostatic interactions inside the 2D channels. As a result, hydroxide ion transport was greatly affected by the anionic species present. The organic moieties inside the inter-laminate galleries of LDH conferred hydrogen bonds and covalent linkages at the organic-inorganic interfaces, resulting in a nacre-mimetic structure, leading to the improved mechanical properties of the composite membranes. The synergistic manipulation of composition and interactions within the intra- and inter-laminate galleries endowed the novel anion conductors with both high conductivity (156.3 mS cm-1 at 80 °C) and good mechanical performance (a tensile strength of 48.4 MPa and toughness of 2.09 MJ m-3).
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10277-10285
Number of pages9
JournalJOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A
Volume6
Issue number22
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

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