The chemical-covalent polyether-siloxane hybrids (EDS) doped with various amounts of LiClO4 salt were characterized by FT-IR, DSC, TGA, and solid-state NMR spectra as well as impedance measurements. These observations indicate that different types of complexes by the interactions of Li + and ClO4- ions are formed within the hybrid host, and the formation of transient cross-links between Li+ ions and ether oxygens results in the increase in Tg of polyether segments and the decrease in thermal stability of hybrid electrolyte. Initially a cation complexation dominated by the oxirane-cleaved cross-link site and PEO block is present, and after the salt-doped level of O/Li+ = 20, the complexation through the PPO block becomes more prominent. Moreover, a significant degree of ionic association is examined in the polymer-salt complexes at higher salt uptakes. A VTF-like temperature dependence of ionic conductivity is observed in all of the investigated salt concentrations, implying that the diffusion of charge carrier is assisted by the segmental motions of the polymer chains. The behavior of ion transport in these hybrid electrolytes is further correlated with the interactions between ions and polymer host.
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