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Muthu Lakshmi, R.T.S. ; Meier-Haack, J. ; Schlenstedt, K. ; Komber, H. ; Choudhary, V. ; Varma, I.K.
Synthesis, characterisation and membrane properties of sulphonated poly(aryl ether sulphone) copolymers

Novel sulphonated poly(ether ether sulphone) copolymers were synthesised by polycondensation reaction of stoichiometric amounts of silylated hydroquinone sulphonic acid, 4,4′-difluorodiphenyl sulphone and bisphenols, i.e., bisphenol-A, 4,4′-dihydroxybiphenyl, hydroquinone, phenolphthalein and 2,6-dihydroxynaphthalene. The structure of the copolymers was confirmed by using ATR-FTIR, 1H NMR and 13C NMR techniques. Number average molecular weight (GPC) of the polymers was in the range of 7900–18,000 g/mol. The water uptake of polymer films prepared by casting technique depended on the backbone structure and degree of sulphonation. The proton conductivity of these membranes at room temperature was in the range of 3.3 × 10−3–6.1 × 10−6 S/cm.

Source
Reactive & Functional Polymers 66

Pages
634-644

DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.reactfunctpolym.2005.10.016

Published
June 2006
 
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