International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol.44, No.33, 18403-18414, 2019
Quaternary ammonium-functionalized poly(ether sulfone ketone) anion exchange membranes: The effect of block ratios
Anion exchange membranes based on quaternary ammonium-functionalized poly(ether sulfone ketone) block copolymers (QA-PESK) with various hydrophilic-hydrophobic oligomer block ratios (10:7, 10:18, and 10:26) were synthesized, and the block length effect on the membranes' physicochemical and electrical properties were systematically investigated. The QA-PESK-10-18 membrane, prepared using a hydrophilic and hydrophobic block ratio of 10:18, displayed well-balanced hydrophilic/hydrophobic phase separation, the highest conductivity of 23.19 mS cm(-1) at 20 degrees C and 57.84 mS cm(-1) at 80 degrees C, and the highest alkaline stability among the three block ratios tested, indicating that the membranes' properties were closely related to their morphologies, which were determined by the hydrophilic/hydrophobic ratio of the block copolymer. The H-2/O-2 single cell performance using the QA-PESK-10-18 revealed a maximum power density of 235 mW cm(-2). (C) 2019 Hydrogen Energy Publications LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.