Functionalized Nanocellulose-Integrated Heterolayered Nanomats toward Smart Battery Separators

Jung Hwan Kim, Minsu Gu, Do Hyun Lee, Jeong Hoon Kim, Yeon Su Oh, Sa Hoon Min, Byeong Su Kim, Sang Young Lee

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Alternative materials obtained from natural resources have recently garnered considerable attention as an innovative solution to bring unprecedented advances in various energy storage systems. Here, we present a new class of heterolayered nanomat-based hierarchical/asymmetric porous membrane with synergistically coupled chemical activity as a nanocellulose-mediated green material strategy to develop smart battery separator membranes far beyond their current state-of-the-art counterparts. This membrane consists of a terpyridine (TPY)-functionalized cellulose nanofibril (CNF) nanoporous thin mat as the top layer and an electrospun polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)/polyacrylonitrile (PAN) macroporous thick mat as the support layer. The hierarchical/asymmetric porous structure of the heterolayered nanomat is rationally designed with consideration of the trade-off between leakage current and ion transport rate. The TPY (to chelate Mn2+ ions) and PVP (to capture hydrofluoric acid)-mediated chemical functionalities bring a synergistic coupling in suppressing Mn2+-induced adverse effects, eventually enabling a substantial improvement in the high-temperature cycling performance of cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5533-5541
Number of pages9
JournalNano letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Sept 14

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and future Planning (2014R1A2A1A11052829, 2015R1A2A1A01003474, 2015R1A2A2A04003160). This work was also supported by the Industrial Technology Innovation Program 2015(10050568), funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE). M.G. acknowledges financial support from the Global Ph.D. Fellowship funded by the NRF (NRF-2013H1A2A1033278).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 American Chemical Society.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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