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An Acrylate-Polymer-Based Electrolyte Membrane for Alkaline Fuel Cell Applications

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  • Yanting Luo,

    1. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2113 Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 (USA), Fax: (+1) 301-314-9126
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  • Dr. Juchen Guo,

    1. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2113 Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 (USA), Fax: (+1) 301-314-9126
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  • Prof. Dr. Chunsheng Wang,

    Corresponding author
    1. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2113 Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 (USA), Fax: (+1) 301-314-9126
    • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2113 Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 (USA), Fax: (+1) 301-314-9126
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  • Dr. Deryn Chu

    1. Sensors and Electron Device Directorate, US Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD 20783 (USA)
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Abstract

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Monomers rule: A novel bottom-up synthesis of an alkaline polymer electrolyte by applying mini-emulsion copolymerization is demonstrated. This synthesis approach can be used to control and tune conductivity and mechanical properties of the electrolyte. The processed electrolyte membrane exhibits superior power performance in alkaline fuel cells, which demonstrates the great potential of these membranes to be used in next generation energy conversion systems.

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