Assessing the influence of side-chain and main-chain aromatic benzyltrimethyl ammonium on anion exchange membranes.

Abstract

3,3'-Di(4″-methyl-phenyl)-4,4'-difluorodiphenyl sulfone (DMPDFPS), a new monomer with two pendent benzyl groups, was easily prepared by Suzuki coupling reaction in high yield. A series of side-chain type ionomers (PAES-Qs) containing pendant side-chain benzyltrimethylammonium groups, which linked to the backbone by alkaline resisting conjugated C-C bonds, were synthesized via polycondensation, bromination, followed by quaternization and alkalization. To assess the influence of side-chain and main-chain aromatic benzyltrimethylammonium on anion exchange membranes (AEMs), the main-chain type ionomers (MPAES-Qs) with the same backbone were synthesized following the similar procedure. GPC and (1)H NMR results indicate that the bromination shows no reaction selectivity of polymer configurations and ionizations of the side-chain type polymers display higher conversions than that of the main-chain type ones do. These two kinds of AEMs were evaluated in terms of ion exchange capacity (IEC), water uptake, swelling ratio, λ, volumetric ion exchange capacity (IECVwet), hydroxide conductivity, mechanical and thermal properties, and chemical stability, respectively. The side-chain type structure endows AEMs with lower water uptake, swelling ratio and λ, higher IECVwet, much higher hydroxide conductivity, more robust dimensional stability, mechanical and thermal properties, and higher stability in hot alkaline solution. The side-chain type cationic groups containing molecular configurations have the distinction of being practical AEMs and membrane electrode assemblies of AEMFCs.

DOI: 10.1021/am500915w

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@article{Li2014AssessingTI, title={Assessing the influence of side-chain and main-chain aromatic benzyltrimethyl ammonium on anion exchange membranes.}, author={Xiuhua Li and Guanghui Nie and Jinxiong Tao and Wenjun Wu and Liuchan Wang and Shijun Liao}, journal={ACS applied materials & interfaces}, year={2014}, volume={6 10}, pages={7585-95} }