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Modifying a proton conductive membrane by embedding a "barrier".
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PMID:  20873845     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
For development of proton conductive membranes, it is a difficult dilemma to balance proton conductivity and methanol permeability; however, this research proposes a simple strategy to solve this problem, i.e., embedding a proton conductive "barrier" into the perflorosulfonated matrix. The strategy is exemplified by embedding the amphoteric sulfonated poly(phthalazinone ether sulfone kentone) (SPPESK) into a semicrystalline perflorosulfonic acid polymer matrix (FSP). After being annealed, the domain of SPPESK is converted to the barrier. Two acid-base interactions constitute the barrier for both the transfer of protons and the blockage of methanol, respectively. On one hand, poorly hydrophilic ionic acid-base interactions (-SO(3)(-)...NH(+)-) are formed between sulfonic acid group and phthalazinone group through annealing and are useful for methanol blocking. On the other hand, more hydrophilic hydrogen-bonded acid-base interaction (-SO(3)H...(H(2)O)(n)...N-, n ≤ 3) can also be formed under hydrated condition and facilitate proton transport according to the Grotthuss-type mechanism. As a result, the final membrane exhibits an extremely low methanol permeability (30% of that of Nafion-112) and an excellent fuel cell performance (as compared with Nafion-112 at 80 °C).
Liang Wu; Chuanhui Huang; Jung-Je Woo; Dan Wu; Sung-Hyun Yun; Seok-Jun Seo; Tongwen Xu; Seung-Hyeon Moon
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of physical chemistry. B     Volume:  114     ISSN:  1520-5207     ISO Abbreviation:  J Phys Chem B     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-14     Completed Date:  2011-02-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101157530     Medline TA:  J Phys Chem B     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  13121-7     Citation Subset:  -    
CAS Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, Laboratory of Functional Membranes, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026, People's Republic of China.
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