Polymer electrolyte fuel cell membrane based on crosslinked polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) [RX-PTFE] has been processed by radiation-grafting with reactive styrene monomers by γ-rays under atmospheric circumstances, and the characteristic properties of the obtained membranes have been studied. The grafting yields of styrene monomer onto RX-PTFE, which have various crosslinking densities, were in the range of 5-100%. At the reaction period of 24 h, the grafting yields for RX-PTFE with low crosslinking density, which was reacted at 60 °C, achieved 94%. As a tendency, the lower grafting temperature gives higher grafting ratio of styrene onto RX-PTFE. Moreover, the yields of subsequent sulfonation for all samples were close to 100%. Mechanical properties were decreased with increasing grafting yields; especially the membrane with higher grafting yields was brittle. Ion exchange capacity of sulfonated RX-PTFE reached 1.1 meq/g while maintaining the mechanical properties.
|ジャーナル||Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms|
|出版物ステータス||Published - 2003 8 1|
|イベント||Ionizing Radiation and Polymers - Sainte-Adele, QUE, Canada|
継続期間: 2002 9 21 → 2002 9 26
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics