Journal of Applied Electrochemistry

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 165–171 | Cite as

Correlation between structure and properties of cation-exchange membranes prepared by the paste method

  • M. Nishimura
  • Y. Mizutani


By using cation-exchange membranes prepared by the paste method, a study was made of the influence of the distribution of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) on the electrical conductivity of the membranes and on the structure of the cation-exchange resin component (R-resin). Four kinds of cation-exchange membranes with different PVC contents and degrees of cross-linking were used. The experimental method involved treatment with hydrogen peroxide for selective decomposition of the R-resin. The estimated ratio of the specific electrical conductivity of the R-resin to that of the membrane varied from 2.2 to 4.4, depending upon the volume ratio of PVC in the membrane (0.33–0.45). Each of the membranes had a very high concentration of ion-exchange groups for cross-linking. This could be explained in terms of the mechanical and chemical restraint imposed by the PVC against the swelling of the R-resin. The structure of the R-resin, however, was almost independent of the PVC volume ratio over the range investigated.


Hydrogen Chloride Physical Chemistry Hydrogen Peroxide Electrical Conductivity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Nishimura
    • 1
  • Y. Mizutani
    • 1
  1. 1.Research and Development DivisionTokuyama Soda Co. LtdTokuyama City, Yamaguchi PrefectureJapan

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