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Development of nano-structure controlled polymer electrolyte fuel-cell membranes by high-energy heavy ion irradiation

Yamaki, Tetsuya; Kobayashi, Misaki*; Asano, Masaharu; Nomura, Kumiko*; Takagi, Shigeharu*; Maekawa, Yasunari; Yoshida, Masaru*

Our presentation deals with the application of high-energy heavy ion beams to the preparation of nano-structure controlled electrolyte membranes. The membrane preparation involves (1) irradiation of commercially-available base polymer films with 100 MeV $$^{16}$$O, 400 MeV $$^{56}$$Fe, or 450 MeV $$^{129}$$Xe, (2) graft polymerization of vinyl monomers into latent tracks, and (3) sulfonation of the graft polymers. The resulting membranes exhibited anisotropic proton transport, i.e., higher conductivity in the through-plane direction. According to microscopic observations, this is probably because the nearly columnar electrolyte phase with a width of tens-to-hundreds nanometers extended through the membrane. Interestingly, our ion irradiation technique would be able to control the nano-structure of proton-conducting pathways in the membranes. Other excellent membrane properties should also be due to such a controlled structure.



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