Conductive Supramolecular Hydrogels for Energy Storage Applications

Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge
Department Name: Chemistry


Over the past two decades, there has been a considerable demand for the preparation of highly conductive, flexible, and transparent (or at least translucent) polyelectrolytes, which can be used in fuel cells, solar cells, batteries and sensors. Traditional covalent hydrogels are an effective approach to immobilise ionic charge but are too brittle to sustain compression, slicing or elongation. Supramolecular polymer networks based on transient host-guest crosslinks, yield networks with high toughness and mechanical strength, extreme stretchability and facile room temperature self-healing. These polymer networks can contain charged moieties and can exhibit ionic and/or electronic conductivity. This project aims to exploit functional supramolecular materials for energy storage devices, sensing and other photoelectronic applications. It will explore synthetic routes to prepare dynamic supramolecular hydrogels as well as studying the properties of the formed materials.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/R512461/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2021
2342310 Studentship EP/R512461/1 01/10/2018 30/09/2021 Xiaoyi Chen