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Cleaner solvents for sustainable chemistry

Energy storage

Electrolytes for lithium batteries

Thanks to their properties of electrochemical stability and conductivity, ionic liquids are compounds of choice for the development of electrolytes for lithium batteries of high energy density. Non volatile and non flammable, they provide the level of safety as opposed to regular organic solvents.

Liquids over a wide temperature range, they combine the advantages of solid electrolytes in terms of safety and those of organic solvents with an optimized electrode/electrolyte interface.

Electrolytes for supercapacitor

"Capacitive Energy Storage from −50 to 100 °C Using an Ionic Liquid Electrolyte"


Rongying Lin, Pierre-Louis Taberna, Sébastien Fantini, Volker Presser, Carlos R. Pérez, François Malbosc, Nalin L. Rupesinghe, Kenneth B. K. Teo, Yury Gogotsi, and Patrice Simon  - J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2011, 2 (19), pp 2396–2401 

Relying on redox reactions, most batteries are limited in their ability to operate at very low or very high temperatures. While performance of electrochemical capacitors is less dependent on the temperature, present-day devices still cannot cover the entire range needed for automotive and electronics applications under a variety of environmental conditions. We show that the right combination of the exohedral nanostructured carbon (nanotubes and onions) electrod e and a eutectic mixture of ionic liquids can dramatically extend thetemperature range of electrical energy storage, thus defying the conventional wisdom that ionic liquids can only be used as electrolytes above room temperature. We demonstrate electrical double layer capacitors able to operate from −50 to 100 °C over a wide voltage window (up to 3.7 V) and at very high charge/discharge rates of up to 20 V/s.

Ionic liquid eutectic mixture :              

Ref. E027 - 1:1 w:w N-Propyl-N-Methylpiperidinium bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide : N-Butyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide 99.9% - H2O : 20ppm max. (pkg under argon)

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