Ion gel

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An Ion gel is a relatively new material where an ionic conducting liquid is immobilized inside a polymer matrix. This allows the design of unique materials with high ionic conductivity combined with the easy handling properties of the solid state. To create an ion gel, a block copolymer is polymerized along with an ionic liquid so that self-assembled nanostructures where the ions are selectively soluble. Ion gels can also be made using non-copolymer polymers such as cellulose.

Ion gels have been successfully used as gate insulators for field effect transistors which reduces the voltage requirements.[1]

References[edit]

  • Lodge, Timothy P (2008). "MATERIALS SCIENCE: A Unique Platform for Materials Design". Science. 321 (5885): 50–51. doi:10.1126/science.1159652. PMID 18599764.