Mg2+ ion-catalyzed polymerization of 1,3-dioxolane in battery electrolytes

Emily Sahadeo, Yang Wang, Chuan Fu Lin, Yue Li, Gary Rubloff, Sang Bok Lee*

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Electrolyte salts with Mg2+ and Al3+ Lewis acidic cations demonstrate polymerization of 1,3-dioxolane. The speed and extent of the reaction depends on coordination of the anion with the Mg2+ cation catalyst. Weakly coordinating anions such as TFSI- aid faster polymerization while strongly coordinating anions such as ClO4- hinder the polymerization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4583-4586
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number33
StatePublished - 28 Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes


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