Thin robust anion exchange membranes for fuel cell applications

Himanshu Sarode, Melissa A. Vandiver, Ye Liu, Ashley M. Maes, Tara P. Pandey, S. Piril Ertem, Tsunghan Tsai, Bingzi Zhang, Daniel C. Herbst, Gerrick E. Lindberg, Ying Lung Steven Tse, Sönke Seifert, Vito Di Noto, E. Bryan Coughlin, Yushan Yan, Gregory A. Voth, Thomas A. Witten, Daniel Knauss, Matthew W. Liberatore, Andrew M. Herring

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Extensive transport and modeling studies have been performed on a series of polymers based on the benzyltrimethylamonium cations. We have created a realistic reactive model of solvated hydroxide that has interesting properties in the polymer matrix. In ordered diblock polymers we have strong theoretical evidence for a heterogeneous distribution of water across the channel. Fluoride is used as a non-reactive surrogate for hydroxide to increase the computational efficiency of transport calculations that can be performed. In addition to these studies we are discovering new base stable processable robust polymer backbones and cations. These bulky cations seem to dramatically affect the transport properties of the anions showing a VTF rather than an Arrhenius behavior with temperature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPolymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells 14
EditorsK. Shinohara, S. R. Narayanan, K. Swider-Lyons, A. Weber, C. Coutanceau, R. Mantz, H. A. Gasteiger, D. Jones, M. Edmundson, S. Mitsushima, V. Ramani, Y. Meas, T. Fuller, H. Uchida, F. N. Buchi, K. A. Perry, T. J. Schmidt, J. M. Fenton, P. Strasser
PublisherElectrochemical Society Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781607685395
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event14th Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Symposium, PEFC 2014 - 226th ECS Meeting - Cancun, Mexico
Duration: Oct 5 2014Oct 9 2014

Publication series

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


Conference14th Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Symposium, PEFC 2014 - 226th ECS Meeting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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