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Radiation-induced graft polymerization of styrene into a poly(ether ether ketone) film for preparation of polymer electrolyte membranes

Hasegawa, Shin; Sato, Ken*; Narita, Tadashi*; Suzuki, Yasuyuki; Takahashi, Shuichi; Morishita, Norio; Maekawa, Yasunari

Radiation-induced graft polymerization of styrene into poly(ether ether ketone) (PEEK) with 32% crystallinity was investigated with DSC, TGA, XRD, and ESR. Endothermic heats of melting of the original and styrene-grafted PEEK (grafted PEEK) films were similar, indicating the crystallinity was almost completely maintained up to a grafting degree of 51%. Lower glass transition temperature of the grafted PEEK film in the DSC, and the absence of an extra halo originating from amorphous polystyrene grafts in the XRD strongly indicate the grafting of styrene to crystalline PEEK films proceeded in the amorphous region of PEEK. This is probably because polystyrene grafts have hydrocarbon structures similar to a base PEEK polymer, resulting in compatibility to the amorphous phase of the PEEK films. The grafted PEEK films can be converted to PEEK-based electrolyte membranes by subsequent sulfonation, and had conductivity of more than 0.01 S/cm and exhibited higher water content above 100%.



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