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A strategy to improve the alkaline exchange membrane tensile strength was introduced based on porous PTFE and quaternized polyvinyl benzyl chloride (qPVBz/OH-). A thin PTFE film was used as the support to prepare the composite AAEM to improve the mechanical strength. Tensile stress tests showed 51.1 MPa which was twice that of the pure anion exchange membrane qPVBz/OH-. SEM observations showed that the pores of the PTFE were successfully filled with qPVBz/OH- polymer and there was no structure defects in the cross-section of the resultant membrane. The synthesized composite membrane had very good thermal stability. The through plane ionic conductivity was in the range of 1.65 x 10(-2) to 2.2 x 10(-2) S cm(-1) in the temperature range of 25 degrees C-60 degrees C. The power density of H-2 and O-2 fuel cell gave 162 mW cm(-2). Copyright (C) 2012, Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Author(s): Cao YC, Scott K, Wang X
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Print publication date: 01/09/2012
ISSN (print): 0360-3199
ISSN (electronic): 1879-3487
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
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