Sulfonated poly(arylene ether ketone) bearing pendant carboxylic acid group (C-SPAEK) had been prepared for direct methanol fuel cell applications, and subsequently cross-linked by a thermal curing reaction using hexafluoro-bisphenol-A novolac epoxy resin (HFANER) as a cross-linker. The cross-linked network structure caused significant enhancement in the mechanical properties and oxidative stability. Meanwhile, water uptake, swelling ratio and methanol permeability substantially decreased with increasing the content of cross-linker. Notably, the water uptake of C-SPAEK was 506.9% at 80 °C, but after cross-linking, Cr-SPAEK-17 exhibited a water uptake of 32.3%. Meanwhile, a 12.1% of swelling ratio was obtained which was lower than that of Nafion 117 (17.2%). Although the proton conductivities of the cross-linked membranes were lower than that of the pristine membrane, the higher selectivity defined as the proton conductivity to methanol permeability was obtained for the cross-linked membranes.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Fuel Technology
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology