The use of polymers in Li-S batteries: A review

Philip T. Dirlam, Richard S. Glass, Kookheon Char, Jeffrey Pyun

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Recent developments in the use of polymeric materials as device components in lithium sulfur (Li-S) batteries are reviewed. Li-S batteries have generated tremendous interest as a next generation battery exhibiting charge capacities and energy densities that greatly exceed Li-ion battery technologies. In this Highlight, the first comprehensive review focusing on the use of polymeric materials throughout these devices is provided. The key role polymers play in Li-S technology is presented and organized in terms of the basic components that comprise a Li-S battery: the cathode, separator, electrolyte, and anode. After a straightforward introduction to the construction of a conventional Li-S device and the mechanisms at work during cell operation, the use of polymers as binders, protective coatings, separators, electrolytes, and electroactive materials in Li-S batteries will be reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1635-1668
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 15 2017


  • Li-S
  • batteries
  • elemental sulfur
  • inverse vulcanization
  • polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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