End-group cross-linked polybenzimidazole blend membranes for high temperature proton exchange membrane

Mingyu Li, Gang Zhang, Huiping Zuo, Miaomiao Han, Chengji Zhao, Hao Jiang, Zhongguo Liu, Liyuan Zhang, Hui Na

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A cross-linked network is obtained by an end-group cross-linkable PBI (E-PBI) and 4,4'-diglycidyl (3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbiphenyl) epoxy resin (TMBP). The formation of the network is proved by FT-IR and gel fraction test. Then, high temperature proton exchange membranes are constructed by incorporating the cross-linked network into poly(2,2'-(1,3-phenylene)-5,5'-bibenzimidazole) (m-PBI). The influences of the end-group cross-linked network on the properties of membranes are studied, such as, phosphonate acid doping ability, thermal stability, mechanical property, oxidative stability and proton conductivity. The E-PBI/TMBP in the membranes contributes to the improvement of acid doping ability, proton conductivity, mechanical properties and oxidative stabilities. The blend membranes with 20-90. wt% E-PBI/TMBP show higher proton conductivity than pristine PBI at 120 °C-180 °C. These results indicate that the end-group cross-linked blend membranes are promising materials as high temperature proton exchange membranes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-502
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Membrane Science
StatePublished - Dec 15 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Filtration and Separation


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