Recently we have exploited theophylline, a compound found in chocolate and tea, for the production of a poly(ionic liquid) for the first time. The ability to use a natural source for the cation helps to mitigate our reliance on petroleum products while adding the chemical diversity of alkaloids to these cationic polymeric materials. The morphology of this material can be controlled to create monospheres and membranes in a similar fashion to other poly(ionic liquid)s.
Ongoing Research projects
- Development of polymer binders for LiS battery systems.
- Application of various alkaloids for molecular synthesis and polymer fabrication.
- Stabilization of metal atoms in gel materials.
- Synthesis of new ionic liquid structures containing inorganic elements.