Designing alkaline exchange membranes from scratch

Himanshu Sarode, Melissa A. Vandiver, Ashley M. Maes, Benjamin Caire, James L. Horan, Yating Yang, Yifan Li, Gerrick E. Lindberg, James F. Dama, Chris Knight, Ryan Jorn, Martin E. Lenz, Robert Kaspar, Shuang Gu, Bingzi Zhang, Sönke Seifert, Tsung Han Tsai, Wen Xu Zhang, E. Bryan Coughlin, Daniel M. KnaussYushan Yan, Gregory A. Voth, Thomas A. Witten, Matthew W. Liberatore, Andrew M. Herring

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There is increasing interest in the alkaline exchange membrane (AEM) fuel cells as this device, if realized, could allow the use of inexpensive metal catalysts and the oxidation of a variety of convenient liquid fuels. While there have been some dramatic early achievements, there is still a need for a fundamental study of anion transport, cation stability and the formation of robust thin films in this area. We have undertaken a comprehensive study of AEMs where theory is linked to well-defined model systems, both in solution and in the solid state, which are characterized using very careful environmental control such that the models can be validated and used predictively. We are also fabricating a number of random copolymer AEMs that can be produced readily in large quantities, allowing us to understand film formation coupled with transport and stability. Those based on perfluorinated backbones invite interesting comparisons with the analogous proton exchange membranes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPolymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells 11
PublisherElectrochemical Society Inc.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781607682547
ISBN (Print)9781607682547
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event11th Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Symposium, PEFC 11 - 220th ECS Meeting - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Oct 9 2011Oct 14 2011

Publication series

NameECS Transactions
ISSN (Print)1938-5862
ISSN (Electronic)1938-6737


Conference11th Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Symposium, PEFC 11 - 220th ECS Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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