Modification of proton conductive polymer membranes with phosphonated polysilsesquioxanes


New hybrid membranes for fuel cell applications based on sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) (SPEEK) and phosphonated polysilsesquioxanes were synthesized. The impedance spectroscopy measurements show an increase of the proton conductivity for all studied composites, in comparison to plain SPEEK. For hybrid membranes containing 20 wt% of polysilsesquioxane with 80 mol% of phosphonated units the conductivities can reach values that are similar to Nafion 117® at 100% RH. The best results of proton conductivity (142 mS/cm) were obtained for composites with 40 wt% of the same polysilsesquioxane at 120 °C also at 100% RH.
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