465994 Anion Exchange Membranes for Fuel Cell Applications Based on Advanced Cations
By their nature these organic cations form dipoles, which have a tendency to interact, see Figure below for a trimethylbenzyl cation with bromide for illustrative purposes. For maximum ion transport the cation should be distributed along the polymer chain, however, cation clustering is a common phenomena. It occurs in phase separated diblock polymers when an attempt is made to raise the IEC, no net increase is observed in ionic conductivity above a certain IEC. In many other less structured polymers it occurs in the fully humidified state when the distributed disordered cations order in agglomerates at a disorder/order Td. This Td is often observed in the operating temperature range expected for a device, in DMA, DSC, and broadband electric spectroscopy. Interestingly, even though the SAXS clearly shows an agglomeration on the nano-scale, little difference is seen in the bulk conductivity with temperature. However, steric hindernce effects are expected to discourage aggregation, and may allow the cation to tune all properties of the AEM. As these phenomena are so prevalent in AEM materials the implications and science behind them are being investigated by us and will be discussed in this presentation. The implications of more complex cations proposed for stability in AEMs will be described.