Sulfophenylation of polysulfones for proton-conducting fuel cell membranes

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Polysulfone has been sulfophenylated by lithiation and anionic reaction with 2-sulfobenzoic acid cyclic anhydride. This provides a new convenient method to modify polysulfones by attaching pendant sulfonated phenyl groups via ketone links. Membranes of the sulfophenylated polysulfones show promise for use in proton-exchange-membrane fuel cells. For example, a membrane with 0.9 sulfophenyl units per repeating polysulfone unit and 30 wt.-% water was found to have a proton conductivity of 32 mS/cm at 60degreesC.


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  • Chemical Sciences
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)896-900
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Polymer and Materials Chemistry (LTH) (011001041), Department of Chemistry (011001220)