Journal of Cluster Science

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 193–211 | Cite as

Preparation, Characterization and Transport Properties of Novel Cation-Exchange Nanocomposite Membrane Containing BaFe12O19 Nanoparticles

  • Farhad HeidaryEmail author
  • Ali Nemati KharatEmail author
  • Ali Reza Khodabakhshi
Original Paper


A new type of ion-exchange nanocomposite membranes was prepared by addition of barium ferrite nanoparticles to a blend containing sulfonated poly (2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene oxide) and sulfonated polyvinylchloride via a simple casting method. Hard magnetic BaFe12O19 nanoparticles were synthesized via a facile sonochemical-assisted reaction. Nanoparticles and nanocomposites were then characterized using scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and alternating gradient force magnetometer. Various characterizations revealed that the addition of different amounts of inorganic fillers could affect the membrane performance. The inorganic nanoparticles not only created extra pores and water channels that led to improve ion conductivity, but also provided higher permselectivity and transport number of counter-ions.


Composites Barium ferrite nanoparticles Cation-exchange membranes Permselectivity Transport number 



Sulfonated poly (2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene oxide)


Sulfonated polyvinylchloride


Ion-exchange membranes




Scanning electron microscope


Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy


Alternating gradient force magnetometer


Ion-exchange capacity


Membrane potential (mV)

\({\text{t}}_{\text{i}}^{\text{m}}\); t0

Transport number of counter ions in membrane phase; in solution


Membrane ionic permselectivity


Concentration of fixed charge on the membrane surface


Current efficiency


Milli-equivalent of ion-exchange groups in membrane (meq)


Membrane surface area (m2)


Width of the observed diffraction peak at its half maximum intensity


X-ray wavelength

a1, a2

Ions electrolytic activities


Mean concentration of electrolytes (M)


Membrane thickness (m)


Number of transported moles through membrane


Faraday constant


Current intensity (A)

n, Zi

Electrovalence of ion


Areal electrical resistance (Ω cm2)


Universal gases constant (J mol−1 K−1)

R1 and R2

Electrical resistance (Ω)


Membrane resistance (Ω)


Temperature (K)


Time (min)



The authors are thankful to Laboratory of Functional Membranes (University of Science and Technology of China) for providing PPO.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Chemistry, College of ScienceUniversity of TehranTehranIran
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceArak UniversityArakIran

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