A detailed study of the microstructure, the transport properties and the state of water for fluorine-free sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) (s-PEEK) membranes with a degree of sulfonation of about 50% is reported as a function of the membrane water content. SAXS curves show how 50% s-PEEK membranes at low and intermediate water contents are characterized by a poor hydrophobic/ hydrophilic phase-separation and narrow ionic domains (< 2 nm). For membrane water contents of up to 40%, all the water molecules contained in the membranes appear to be strongly bounded to the sulfonic groups and water molecules are unable to freeze. When the membranes are treated in water at temperatures higher than 80 C, membrane swelling starts and for water contents above 40-50% a better ionic microstructuring inside the membranes occurs. In highly swollen membranes part of the water molecules is in a less associated freezable bounded state. The presence of more mobile water molecules is responsible for the increase in the membrane proton conductivity and conductivity of the order of 0.1 S/cm has been recorded for s-PEEK with 69% of water content. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

Microstructure, state of water and proton conductivity of sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) / Portale, G.; Carbone, A.; Martinelli, A.; Passalacqua, E.. - In: SOLID STATE IONICS. - ISSN 0167-2738. - 252:(2013), pp. 62-67. [10.1016/j.ssi.2013.08.031]

Microstructure, state of water and proton conductivity of sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone)

Portale G.
Primo
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Martinelli A.;
2013

Abstract

A detailed study of the microstructure, the transport properties and the state of water for fluorine-free sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) (s-PEEK) membranes with a degree of sulfonation of about 50% is reported as a function of the membrane water content. SAXS curves show how 50% s-PEEK membranes at low and intermediate water contents are characterized by a poor hydrophobic/ hydrophilic phase-separation and narrow ionic domains (< 2 nm). For membrane water contents of up to 40%, all the water molecules contained in the membranes appear to be strongly bounded to the sulfonic groups and water molecules are unable to freeze. When the membranes are treated in water at temperatures higher than 80 C, membrane swelling starts and for water contents above 40-50% a better ionic microstructuring inside the membranes occurs. In highly swollen membranes part of the water molecules is in a less associated freezable bounded state. The presence of more mobile water molecules is responsible for the increase in the membrane proton conductivity and conductivity of the order of 0.1 S/cm has been recorded for s-PEEK with 69% of water content. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.
2013
Conductivity; s-PEEK; SAXS; State of water; Water uptake
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Microstructure, state of water and proton conductivity of sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) / Portale, G.; Carbone, A.; Martinelli, A.; Passalacqua, E.. - In: SOLID STATE IONICS. - ISSN 0167-2738. - 252:(2013), pp. 62-67. [10.1016/j.ssi.2013.08.031]
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