Sulfonated poly(arylene ether sulfone ketone) multiblock copolymers with highly sulfonated block. Fuel cell performance

Byungchan Bae, Takeshi Yoda, Kenji Miyatake, Makoto Uchida, Hiroyuki Uchida, Masahiro Watanabe

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Abstract

Poly(arylene ether sulfone ketone) (SPESK) multiblock copolymers having highly sulfonated hydrophilic blocks were synthesized and the fuel cell performance with the copolymers was investigated. A membrane electrode assembly (MEA) using an SPESK ionomer with an ion exchange capacity of 1.8 mequiv g -1 as membrane and Nafion as the electrode binder showed comparable fuel cell performance and ohmic resistance to that using a Nafion NRE 211 membrane at 80 °C and 30% relative humidity (RH). A Nafion-free, all-SPESK MEA using SPESK as both the membrane and the binder was operable at 100 °C and 50% RH. The fuel cell performance was limited not only by the proton conductivity of the SPESK membrane but also by the low water flux through the membrane and specific adsorption of the ionomer on the platinum catalyst.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10481-10487
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Volume114
Issue number32
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Aug 19
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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