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Keywords:

  • grafting;
  • ionic liquids;
  • membranes

Abstract

A novel way for anion exchange membrane (AEM) preparation has been investigated, avoiding the use of expensive and toxic chemicals. This new synthetic approach to prepare AEMs was based on the use of a porous polybenzylimidazole membrane as support in which functionalized ILs were introduced and subsequently grafted on the polymer backbone. These new AEMs were prepared and their chemical structures and properties including morphology, thermal stability, and ionic conductivity were characterized. The hydroxyl ionic conductivity of the synthesized membranes can reach values upto 6.62 × 10−3 S cm−1 at 20°C. Although the ionic conductivity is not very high yet, the work shows the strength of the concept. Membrane properties can be easily tailored toward specific applications by choosing the proper chemistry, i.e., porous polymer support, ionic liquid, and method of initiation and polymerization. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 2013