The stability of semi-interpenetrating polymer networks based on sulfonated polyimide and poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate for fuel cell applications

Jongchul Seo, Wonbong Jang, Seokkyu Lee, Haksoo Han

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Abstract

A series of the semi-interpenetrating polymer network (semi-IPN) membranes based on sulfonated polyimide and poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate were prepared and characterized comparing with pure sulfonated polyimide membrane and commercially available membrane, Nafion® 117. The proton conductivity increased with the increase of poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate contents in spite of the decrease in ion exchange capacity which is a key factor to improve the proton conductivity. The water stability of semi-IPN membranes containing poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate is higher than the pure sulfonated polyimide membrane. Morphological structure showed that amorphous nature of the films also increased with the poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate contents, which could make a crosslink, so that the crystallinity of polyimide could disappear. Semi-IPN membranes based on sulfonated polyimide and poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate, which show good conductivity comparable to Nafion® 117 in the range of 20-50% content of poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate, could be promising proton conducting membranes in fuel cell application.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)298-304
Number of pages7
JournalPolymer Degradation and Stability
Volume93
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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