A method for the synthesis of phenyl phosphonic acid functionalized poly[aryloxyphosphazene] membranes is described. Membranes of polymers with total ion-exchange capacities between 1.17 and 1.43meq.g-1 were cast from N,N-dimethyl-formamide and found to have proton conductivities between 10-2 and 10-1Scm-1. Equilibrium water swelling values were determined to be between 11 and 32% depending on the polymer structure. Methanol diffusion coefficients for both radiation cross-linked and non-cross-linked membranes in 3M aqueous methanol at 80°C and 2.8bar were found to be at least 12 times lower than for Nafion 117, and 6 times lower than for a radiation cross-linked sulfonated polyphosphazene membrane.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Materials Science
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Filtration and Separation