Highly conductive and robust composite anion exchange membranes by incorporating quaternized MIL-101(Cr)

Xueyi He, Mingyue Gang, Zhen Li, Guangwei He, Yongheng Yin, Li Cao, Bei Zhang, Hong Wu, Zhongyi Jiang

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With well-defined channels and tunable functionality, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have inspired the design of a new class of ion-conductive compounds. In contrast to the extensive studies on proton-conductive MOFs and related membranes attractive for fuel cells, rare reports focus on MOFs in preparation of anion exchange membranes. In this study, chloromethylated MIL-101(Cr) was prepared and incorporated into chloromethylated poly (ether ether ketone) (PEEK) as a multifunctional filler to prepare imidazolium PEEK/imidazolium MIL-101(Cr) (ImPEEK/ImMIL-101(Cr)) anion exchange membrane after synchronous quaternization. The successful synthesis and chloromethylation of MIL-101(Cr) were verified by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy while the enhanced performance of composite membranes in hydroxide conductivity, mechanical strength and dimensional stability were evaluated by alternating-current impedance, electronic stretching machine and measurement of swelling ratio. Specifically, incorporating 5.0 wt% ImMIL-101(Cr) afforded a 71.4% increase in hydroxide conductivity at 20 °C, 100% RH. Besides, the composite membranes exhibited enhanced dimensional stability and mechanical strength due to the rigid framework of ImMIL-101(Cr). At room temperature and the ImMIL-101(Cr) content of 10 wt%, the swelling ratio of the ImPEEK/ImMIL-101(Cr) was 70.04% lower while the tensile strength was 47.5% higher than that of the pure membrane.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)266-276
Number of pages11
JournalScience Bulletin
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

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