Proton conducting crosslinked complex membranes were prepared by blending of a cationic polyelectrolyte, i.e. chitosan (CS) and an anionic polyelectrolyte, i.e. poly(4-styrenesulfonic acid-co-maleic acid) (PSSA-MA). In particular, the dual function of PSSA-MA as a crosslinker and a proton conductor is described. The esterification reaction between -OH of CS and -COOH of PSSA-MA and the complex formation of NH3+ of CS and SO3- of PSSA-MA were confirmed using FT-IR spectroscopy. The ion exchange capacity (IEC) of membranes continuously increased with PSSA-MA concentrations, resulting from the increase of ionic groups. However, the membranes exhibited the minimum values of proton conductivity and water uptake at 50-67 wt.% of PSSA-MA due to the effect of crosslinking and complex formation. In addition, a maximum of Young's modulus was achieved at 50 wt.% of PSSA-MA, as revealed by universal testing machine (UTM). Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) showed that the thermal stability of membranes increased with increasing PSSA-MA concentrations and was the highest at 50 wt.% of PSSA-MA.
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This work was supported by the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF) grant funded by the Korea government (MEST) (R11-2007-050-04003-0) and the Korea Research Foundation Grant funded by the Korean Government (MOEHRD, Basic Research Promotion Fund) (KRF-2008-331-D00152). This research was also financially supported by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) and Korea Industrial Technology Foundation (KOTEF) through the Human Resource Training Project for Strategic Technology.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics