Synthesis and characterization of thermosetting copolymers as PEM's

M. R. Mohamed Aflal, Yossef A. Elabd, Giuseppe R. Palmese

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A major focus in the area of proton exchange membrane development for fuel cells such as in the direct methanol fuel cell, is in the optimization of parameters such as membrane resistivity, nanostructure, thermal behavior, and methanol and water permeabilities. Recent work concerning a novel material system of diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A vinyl ester and 2-acrylamido 2-methyl propane sulfonic acid (AMPS) demonstrates a simple technique of forming network structures of hydrophobic and hydrophilic materials via thermally initiated free radical polymerization in the presence of dimethyl formamide as a common solvent. Nanoporosity is induced in these systems using supercritical fluid extraction. Characterization by water uptake measurements and AC impedance spectroscopy is conducted and observations of ionic conductivity as high as 0.0346 S/cm are presented. The effect of thermal treatment on the properties of the polymer membrane is described with results indicating a correlation between induced porosity and AMPS content with water uptake and conductivity. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase (Cincinnati, OH 10/30/2005-11/4/2005).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication05AIChE
Subtitle of host publication2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase, Conference Proceedings
PublisherAmerican Institute of Chemical Engineers
ISBN (Print)0816909962, 9780816909964
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event05AIChE: 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase - Cincinnati, OH, United States
Duration: Oct 30 2005Nov 4 2005

Publication series

NameAIChE Annual Meeting Conference Proceedings


Other05AIChE: 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCincinnati, OH

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Energy


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