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Title: Proton conducting membranes based on sulfonated aromatic polymers for PEM fuel cells: synthesis and properties
Authors: Di Vona, Maria Luisa
Knauth, Philippe
Sgreccia, Emanuela
Keywords: sulfonated aromatic polymers
thermoplastics
hybrid materials
inter-chain reticulations
protonic conductors
fuel cell
Issue Date: 29-Mar-2010
Abstract: The proton exchange membrane is the heart of polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells. In order to obtain good fuel cells performances, the membranes should exhibit at temperatures above 100°C and low relative humidity morphological, hydrolytic and mechanical stability. In this thesis two different strategies for the synthesis of proton conducting membranes based on sulfonated aromatic polymers have been explored: hybrid organic-inorganic nanocomposites and formation of inter-chain links as a result of heat treatments. The use of hybrid materials allows to exploit the synergistic effect of the simultaneous presence of an organic component, the ionomer, and an inorganic component. In particular, a mixture of S-PEEK with high degree of sulfonation, as majority compound, and a silylated polymer based on PPSU as minority component was studied. The S-PEEK is used to ensure high conductivity, while the Si-PPSU ensures good mechanical stability (anchor phase). Hybrid nanocomposites ba...
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2108/1238
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