Flexible, fiber-shaped, quasi-solid-state Zn-polyaniline batteries with methanesulfonic acid-doped aqueous gel electrolyte

Gayoung Shim, Minh Xuan Tran, Guicheng Liu, Dongjin Byun, Joong Kee Lee

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Although quasi-solid-state fiber-shaped Zn-polyaniline batteries (Fs-ZPBs) are safe and potentially wearable power sources, they exhibit severe capacity degradation due to the inherently low electrolyte conductivity, soluble quinone formation in the cathode, and anode corrosion. In this study, these problems are mitigated by supplementing a polyvinyl alcohol-based gel-type electrolyte with methanesulfonic acid, which forms intermolecular hydrogen bonds to connect polyvinyl alcohol chains with each other and link the polyaniline surface with the electrolyte. The establishment of these linkages increases the ionic conductivity of the electrolyte and enhances charge transfer at the polyaniline/electrolyte interface. The relatively large molecular size of methanesulfonic acid hinders the access of water to the active materials (polyaniline and Zn) while allowing polyaniline to be efficiently doped with small-radius Cl anions. The effects of dual anion doping and water capture suppress polyaniline degradation and Zn corrosion, resulting in excellent battery performance, namely, 88.1% capacity retention after 2000 cycles and 92.7% capacity retention after 500 bending cycles at a 2.5 mm bending radius. Furthermore, an all-carbon-yarn Fs-ZPB is developed for applications requiring practical wearability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)739-749
Number of pages11
JournalEnergy Storage Materials
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Mar

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by NRF research grants (NRF-2019R1A2B5B03001772) funded by the National Research Foundation under the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning, Korea. The work was also supported by the KIST institutional program (2E30371).

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© 2020 Elsevier B.V.


  • All-carbon-yarn fiber-shaped battery
  • Dual anion doping
  • Electrolyte additive
  • Methanesulfonic acid
  • Water capture effect
  • Zinc-polymer aqueous battery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • General Materials Science
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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