From waste to valuable plastics–Discovery of new paradigms from well-studied systems with elemental sulfur

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Abstract

Copolymerization of liquid sulfur with 1,3-di-isopropenylbenzene in the absence of any organic solvent provides a stable copolymer which can be cast in molds and also forms a transparent glass. This new plastic has been found to be an advantageous component of lithium-sulfur batteries and can be processed into lenses with a high refractive index and suitable for IR thermal imaging. These polymers are also shown to be “self-healing.” That is, scratched and now opaque lenses can be repaired simply by thermal treatment. Polymerization of sulfur with 1,4-diphenylbutadiyne provides stable polymers with thiophene sulfur linkages which are improved cathode materials for lithium-sulfur batteries. Studies delineating the chemistry behind these remarkable results and characterization of these materials has been explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-161
Number of pages5
JournalPhosphorus, Sulfur and Silicon and the Related Elements
Volume192
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Sulfur
  • batteries
  • polymers
  • refractive index
  • self-healing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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