Influence of titania morphology on the electrochemical properties of composite polymer electrolyte membranes

D. Marani*, C. Trakanprapai, S. Licoccia, E. Traversa, M. Miyayama

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A comparison of the physico-chemical properties of S-PEEK-based composite membranes containing nanometric or mesoporous anatase titania was carried out. The powders were characterized in terms of specific surface area (by B.E.T. apparatus), acidity, and structural features (XRD). Composites containing various amounts of both titania powders (from 1.33 up to 10% wt) were prepared by casting and their water uptake, proton exchange capacity and proton conductivity (EIS) were evaluated. Despite of its lower specific surface area (83 m2/g) nanometric titania-based composites clearly exhibited higher water absorption properties and superior electrochemical performance with respect to mesoporous titania (SSA =. 147 m2/g) containing systems. The improvement of membranes performance could be related to the larger number of water-adsorbing acidic sites on the nanometric surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings - Solid-State Ionics - 2008
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventSolid-State Ionics 2008 - 2008 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Dec 1 2008Dec 5 2008

Publication series

NameMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0272-9172


OtherSolid-State Ionics 2008 - 2008 MRS Fall Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • General Materials Science


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