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Most rechargeable room temperature solid state systems cannot be recharged as rapidly as say a lead-acid accumulator or a NiCd battery and typical recharge rates are C/30. For a solid electrolyte the relevant performance parameter for conduction is ionic conductance rather than conductivity. As already mentioned, even mate~ials s~ch as LiI in which the conductivity is as low as 10 7 S cm 1, can be used in a th~~ film configuration that yields a conductance of 10 S. 4-4 V and cross-sectional areas of~ 4 cm • Acknowledgements The British Council and the Conference organisers are thanked for travel and subsistence support for this 48 meeting.

Polymer electrolytes are thin solid films consisting of ionic salts dissolved in an appropriate polymer. The commonest polymer is poly(ethylene oxide), PEO, and the most usual salts are LiCI0 4 or LiCF 3 S0 3 (lithium triflate). Polymer electrolytes based on PEO are normally described as PEOn:MXz where n is the oxygen-to-cation ratio, [0]: [M z+] , M is the cation species of valence z, and X is a suitable anion. Mechanically they behave like solids but the internal structure, and consequently the conductivity behaviour, closely resembles that expected of the liquid state.

Cationic and anionic modification of AgI has been attempted to bring down the transition temperature and to increase ionic conductivity. 4 denotes various compounds possible with anionic and cationic modification of Agl. lA/cm. There has been continuous effort in improving the structure of the cathode material inorder to get better battery performance. Iodine has been used as cathode in earlier stages of battery development. Due to high diffusion coefficient, volatile nature and low electronic conductivity, different methods were tried to improve the efficiency of cathode material.

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