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Polymers 2017, 9(12), 631; doi:10.3390/polym9120631

Silane Cross-Linked Sulfonted Poly(Ether Ketone/Ether Benzimidazole)s for Fuel Cell Applications

CAS Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemistry for Energy Materials, School of Chemistry and Material Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China
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Received: 4 October 2017 / Revised: 14 November 2017 / Accepted: 15 November 2017 / Published: 23 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polymeric Membranes)
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γ-(2,3-epoxypropoxy) propyltrimethoxysilane (KH-560) was incorporated in various proportions into side-chain-type sulfonated poly(ether ketone/ether benzimidazole) (SPEKEBI) as a crosslinker, to make membranes with high ion exchange capacities and excellent performance for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs). Systematical measurements including Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy-energy-dispersive and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) proved the complete disappearance of epoxy groups in KH-560 and the existence of Si in the membranes. The resulting membranes showed increased mechanical strength and thermal stability compared to the unmodified sulfonated poly(ether ketone/ether benzimidazole) membrane in appropriate doping amount. Meanwhile, the methanol permeability has decreased, leading to the increase of relative selectivities of SPEKEBI-x-SiO2 membranes. Furthermore, the H2/O2 cell performance of SPEKEBI-2.5-SiO2 membrane showed a much higher peak power density compared with the pure SPEKEBI memrbrane. View Full-Text
Keywords: proton exchange membranes; KH-560; direct methanol fuel cells; cross-linked; densely sulfonated polymer proton exchange membranes; KH-560; direct methanol fuel cells; cross-linked; densely sulfonated polymer

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Yao, Z.; Cui, M.; Zhang, Z.; Wu, L.; Xu, T. Silane Cross-Linked Sulfonted Poly(Ether Ketone/Ether Benzimidazole)s for Fuel Cell Applications. Polymers 2017, 9, 631.

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