A series of poly(styrene-b-isoprene) block copolymers (PSI) were synthesized by sequential anionic polymerization of styrene and isoprene. Poly(styrene-b-sulfonated isoprene) block copolymers (PSsI) were prepared via reacting the double bonds of the isoprene block with 1,4-dioxane/sulfur trioxide. The spherical-shaped ionic clusters within the PSsI membranes produce a comparable proton conductivity (10-1S/cm above 60°C) but benefits from approximately 50% lower methanol permeability than that of Nafion-117. Properties, such as proton conductivity and water content values, of PSsI membranes correlate highly to the content of the sulfonated isoprene block in PSsI samples even in the cases of similar IEC. As the hydrophilic block length is increased, the water content and proton conductivity also increased.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Filtration and Separation