Several stable structures of the 1:1 complexes of a lithium ion with tetra-, penta- and hexaglyme [CH3O(CH2CH2O)nCH3, n 4–6] have been obtained with ab initio calculations at the Hartree–Fock level of theory employing the 3-21G* basis set. Twenty-three different stable complexes were found with coordination numbers of lithium ranging from four to six; i.e., no stable heptacoordinated complexes emerged. The total energies and the binding energies were evaluated by using density functional theory (DFT) calculations (B3LYP/6-31G*//HF/321G*) and showed the total binding energy to increase with the glyme length. The average binding energy for the different glymes reaches a maximum of ⬃620 kJ mol ⫺1 for the hexaglyme complexes, with an absolute maximum of 631 kJ mol ⫺1 obtained for a hexacoordinated Li ⫹ – hexaglyme complex. The average binding energy per bond for a specific coordination number for lithium shows only minor changes when extending the oligomer (<5 kJ mol ⫺1 bond ⫺1). The large number of complexes obtained with clearly different geometry within a small energy range — six different complexes within 15 kJ mol ⫺1 for lithium–tetraglyme — clearly reflects the flexibility of the oligomer chains.
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Modelling amorphous lithium salt–PEO polymer electrolytes: ab initio calculations of lithium ion–tetra-, penta- and hexaglyme complexes / Patrik Johansson, Jörgen Tegenfeldt, Jan Lindgren // Polymer. – 1999. – N 40. – P. 4399–4406.