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Imidazolium-Containing Thiol-Ene Poly(ionic liquid) Membrane Networks: Conductive and Gas Separation Properties

Presenter Information

Abigail BrattonFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Chemistry

Minor

Mathematics and Biology

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Dr. Harry Fannin; Dr. Kevin Miller

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Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Imidazolium-containing poly(ionic liquid) (PIL) networks were prepared using thiol-ene ‘click’ photopolymerization for the purposes of investigating their conductive and gas separation properties. Commercially available multifunctional thiols were photopolymerized with synthesized imidazolium-containing ‘ene’ monomers. Variations in ‘ene’ functionality and thiol:ene ratio resulted in PILs with a wide range of thermal, mechanical and conductive properties. Overall, PILs employing the [NTf2] counteranion were found to exhibit promising conductivities with the values in the range of 10-6 to 10-5 S/cm at 30 °C. PIL films which contained a small amount of imidazolium-containing, monofunctional ‘ene’ exhibited slightly higher ionic conductivities and lower Tg values. The ability of these PILs to separate carbon dioxide from nitrogen and methane was explored using a time-lag measurement apparatus. PIL membranes were prepared on a PVDF support exhibited relatively low CO2 permeability (7-9 Barrers), however the CO2/N2 and CO2/CH4 selectivities were found to be very encouraging.

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Imidazolium-Containing Thiol-Ene Poly(ionic liquid) Membrane Networks: Conductive and Gas Separation Properties

Imidazolium-containing poly(ionic liquid) (PIL) networks were prepared using thiol-ene ‘click’ photopolymerization for the purposes of investigating their conductive and gas separation properties. Commercially available multifunctional thiols were photopolymerized with synthesized imidazolium-containing ‘ene’ monomers. Variations in ‘ene’ functionality and thiol:ene ratio resulted in PILs with a wide range of thermal, mechanical and conductive properties. Overall, PILs employing the [NTf2] counteranion were found to exhibit promising conductivities with the values in the range of 10-6 to 10-5 S/cm at 30 °C. PIL films which contained a small amount of imidazolium-containing, monofunctional ‘ene’ exhibited slightly higher ionic conductivities and lower Tg values. The ability of these PILs to separate carbon dioxide from nitrogen and methane was explored using a time-lag measurement apparatus. PIL membranes were prepared on a PVDF support exhibited relatively low CO2 permeability (7-9 Barrers), however the CO2/N2 and CO2/CH4 selectivities were found to be very encouraging.