Ionic Liquids in Polymer Design

by | Jul 19, 2016

A special issue in Macromolecular Rapid Communications presents selected highlights in the exciting field of ionic liquid-based polymers.

poly(ionic liquid)Ion-containing polymers are an interesting class of material with applications in fields like membranes, batteries, packaging and many more. The incorporation of ionic liquids into a polymer has more recently resulted in the formation of a new class of material. Ionic liquids are salts composed of an organic cation and an organic or inorganic anion, which typically have melting points below 100 °C. Unlike conventional ion-containing polymers that are typically constrained to high glass transition temperatures due to strong electrostatic ion pair interactions, polymers with ionic liquids may, if well-designed, possess low glass transition temperatures due to weak electrostatic ion pair interactions, while maintaining high charge densities. With the broad range of possible and unique properties due to the chemical diversity of ionic liquids, as well as the well-developed polymer chemistry and physics, the potential for ionic liquid-based polymers is highly intriguing and almost limitless. A recent special issue in Macromolecular Rapid Communications (guest-edited by Timothy E. Long, Yossef A. Elabd, and Jiayin Yuan) now presents selected highlights in this exciting field.

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