Preparation of a functional poly(ether imide) membrane for potential alkaline fuel cell applications: Chloromethylation

Guigui Wang, Yiming Weng, Jun Zhao, Rongrong Chen, Dong Xie

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We have developed a novel poly(ether im-ide)-based alkaline anion-exchange membrane. The effects of several important parameters on the chlorome-thylation of the membrane have been investigated. These parameters include the reaction temperature, reaction time, concentration of the chloromethylation agent, concentration of the polymer, and amount of the catalyst. The results show that all the studied parameters have significant impacts on chloromethylation. Among them, the concentration of the chloromethylation agent plays a key role in increasing the attachment of chloromethyl functional groups onto the polymer. It ha been found that gelation can be avoided if these reaction parameters are controlled. This study also provides useful information for the successful chloromethylation of other membrane-related polymers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)721-727
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 15 2009



  • Anion exchange membrane
  • Chloromethylation
  • Ionic conductivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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