Macromolecular Research

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 204–211 | Cite as

Platinum-catalyzed and ion-selective polystyrene fibrous membrane by electrospinning andin-situ metallization techniques

  • Seung-Hee Hong
  • Sun-Ae Lee
  • Jae-Do NamEmail author
  • Young-Kwan Lee
  • Tae-Sung Kim
  • Sungho Won


A platinum-catalyzed polyelectrolyte porous membrane was prepared by solid-state compression of electrospun polystyrene (PS) fibers andin-situ metallization of counter-balanced ionic metal sources on the polymer surface. Using this ion-exchange metal-polymer composite system, fiber entangled pores were formed in the interstitial space of the fibers, which were surrounded by sulfonic acid sites (SO3 ) to give a cation-selective polyelectrolyte porous bed with an ion exchange capacity (I EC ) of 3.0 meq/g and an ionic conductivity of 0.09 S/cm. The Pt loading was estimated to be 16.32 wt% from the SO3 ions on the surface of the sulfonated PS fibers, which interact with the cationic platinum complex, Pt(NH3)4 2+, at a ratio of 3:1 based on steric hindrance and the arrangement of interacting ions. This is in good agreement with the Pt loading of 15.82 wt% measured by inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES). The Pt-loaded sulfonated PS media showed an ionic conductivity of 0.32 S/cm. Thein-situ metallized platinum provided a nano-sized and strongly-bound catalyst in robust porous media, which highlights its potential use in various electrochemical and catalytic systems.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seung-Hee Hong
    • 1
  • Sun-Ae Lee
    • 1
  • Jae-Do Nam
    • 1
    Email author
  • Young-Kwan Lee
    • 2
  • Tae-Sung Kim
    • 3
  • Sungho Won
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Polymer Science and EngineeringSungkyunkwan UniversitySuwonKorea
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringSungkyunkwan UniversitySuwonKorea
  3. 3.School of Mechanical EngineeingSungkyunkwan UniversitySuwonKorea
  4. 4.Microelectronic Packaging R&D CenterSungkyunkwan UniversitySuwonKorea

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