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Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie

International journal of research in physical chemistry and chemical physics

Editor-in-Chief: Rademann, Klaus

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Volume 227, Issue 5


Sulfonated Aromatic Polymers as Proton-Conducting Solid Electrolytes for Fuel Cells: a Short Review

Maria Luisa Di Vona / Philippe Knauth
Published Online: 2013-05-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/zpch.2013.0337


This review describes main strategies for the development of sulfonated aromatic polymers (SAP) with optimal properties for medium temperature (90–120 ºC) polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell applications. SAP are promising economical polymer electrolytes, but there still exist some challenges about these materials due mainly to excessive swelling in water, poor mechanical strength and low dimensional stability. Here, the state-of-the-art of SAP is reviewed and the main focus will be directed to properties of SAP, including proton conductivity, water uptake, mechanical strength, permeability. Especially three approaches to improve the performances are addressed: the formation of copolymers, the formation of hybrid materials and the polymer reticulation.

Keywords: Polymer Electrolytes; Hydrocarbon Polymers; Physico-Chemical Properties; PEM Fuel Cells

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* Correspondence address: Aix Marseille Univ. - CNRS, UMR 7246: Madirel, 13397 Marseille, Frankreich,

Published Online: 2013-05-13

Published in Print: 2013-05-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie, Volume 227, Issue 5, Pages 595–614, ISSN (Online) 2196-7156, ISSN (Print) 0942-9352, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/zpch.2013.0337.

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