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.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Filtration and Separation