International Journal of
Physical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Phys. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-1950
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPS
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2533

Full Length Research Paper

Structural and DC Ionic conductivity studies of carboxy methylcellulose doped with ammonium nitrate as solid polymer electrolytes

K. H. Kamarudin and M. I. N. Isa*
Advanced Materials Research Group, Renewable Energy Research Interest Group, Department of Physical Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 15 August 2013
  •  Published: 23 August 2013


Solid polymer electrolytes have been prepared by solution casting technique. Carboxy methylcellulose (CMC)-ammonium nitrate (AN) films were studied with varied AN salt concentration from 5-50 wt.% at ambient temperature. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern shows the amorphous nature of polymer electrolyte samples. IR-spectra confirm the polymer-salt complexes in the range of 1633 - 829 cm-1. Impedance analysis reveals that polymer electrolyte film containing 45wt.% AN exhibits the highest ionic conductivity of (7.71 ± 0.04) x10-3 Scm-1, while pure CMC film gives the lowest ionic conductivity of (1.86 ± 0.03) x10-8 Scm-1. It was evident from this study that the increase of ionic conductivity depends on the AN salt concentration. The present polymer-salt system has potential application in electrochemical devices based on the results obtained.


Key words: Carboxy methylcellulose, ammonium nitrate, solid polymer electrolytes, ionic conductivity.