Poly(Ethylene Oxide)/Graphene Oxide Polymer Nanocomposite Electrolyte for Lithium Ion Batteries

dc.contributor.advisorArdebili, Haleh
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRyou, Jae-Hyun
dc.contributor.committeeMemberYao, Yan
dc.creatorYuan, Mengying
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-26T01:11:21Z
dc.date.available2015-08-26T01:11:21Z
dc.date.createdAugust 2013
dc.date.issued2013-08
dc.date.updated2015-08-26T01:11:21Z
dc.description.abstractSolid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) can resolve the safety problems associated with the traditional liquid electrolytes while offering mechanical stability and thin film manufacturability. The main issue with SPEs is the lower ionic conductivity at room temperature compared to that of liquid electrolytes. Nanosized ceramic powders are known to enhance the ionic conductivity as well as the mechanical stability of solid polymer electrolytes. In this study, graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets were used as nanosized fillers in polyethylene oxide (PEO) electrolyte. We demonstrated that about an order of magnitude improvement in lithium-ion conductivity, as high as 10-4 S/cm at room temperature, was achieved with GO fillers. We used thermal analysis, impedance spectroscopy, fourier transform infrared, and morphology analysis to investigate the GO/PEO films. A significant improvement in the tensile strength of the polymer electrolyte was observed with only 1 wt % GO fillers while the % elongation remains uncompromised.
dc.description.departmentMechanical Engineering, Department of
dc.format.digitalOriginborn digital
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10657/1086
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rightsThe author of this work is the copyright owner. UH Libraries and the Texas Digital Library have their permission to store and provide access to this work. Further transmission, reproduction, or presentation of this work is prohibited except with permission of the author(s).
dc.subjectGraphene oxide
dc.subjectBatteries
dc.subjectPolymer Nanocomposite Electrolyte
dc.subjectLithium-ion batteries (LIB)
dc.subject.lcshMechanical engineering
dc.titlePoly(Ethylene Oxide)/Graphene Oxide Polymer Nanocomposite Electrolyte for Lithium Ion Batteries
dc.type.dcmiText
dc.type.genreThesis
thesis.degree.collegeCullen College of Engineering
thesis.degree.departmentMechanical Engineering, Department of
thesis.degree.disciplineMechanical Engineering
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Houston
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science

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