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Dr. Shuang Gu, Jason Skovgard and Prof. Dr. Yushan S. Yan Cover Picture: Engineering the Van der Waals Interaction in Cross-Linking-Free Hydroxide Exchange Membranes for Low Swelling and High Conductivity (ChemSusChem 5/2012) ChemSusChem 5

Article first published online: 10 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201290018

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Physical crosslinking: A typical trade-off between ionic conductivity and dimensional stability exists in hydroxides as well as in proton exchange membranes. In their Communication on page 843, Y. S. Yan et al. report a simple and effective strategy which utilizes direct tuning of van der Waals interactions among polymer chains to successfully reduce membrane-swelling and increase hydroxide-conductivity. This Communication, as well as the other papers in this issue of ChemSusChem, form part of a Special Issue in collaboration with the Dalian Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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