Macromolecular Research

, Volume 15, Issue 5, pp 459–464 | Cite as

Sulfonated dextran/poly(vinyl alcohol) polymer electrolyte membranes for direct methanol fuel cells

  • Jongok WonEmail author
  • Su Mi Ahn
  • Hyun Dong Cho
  • Ji Young Ryu
  • Heung Yong Ha
  • Yong Soo Kang


Polymer electrolyte membranes, featuring ionic channels, were prepared from sulfonated dextran/ poly(vinyl alcohol) (sD/PVA) membranes. A stiff sulfated dextran was chosen as the route for ionic transport, since ionic sites are located along the stiff dextran main chain. The sD/PVA blend membranes were annealed and then chemically crosslinked. The characteristics of the crosslinked sD/PVA membranes were investigated to determine their suitability as proton exchange membranes. The proton conductivity was found to increase with increasing amounts of sD inside the membrane, which reached a maximum and then decreased when the sD content exceeded 30 wt%, while the methanol permeability increased with increasing sD content. The good dispersion of sD inside the membrane, which serves as an ionic channels mimic, played a significant role in proton transportation.


polymer electrolyte membranes direct methanol fuel cells poly(vinyl alcohol) dextran 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jongok Won
    • 1
    Email author
  • Su Mi Ahn
    • 1
  • Hyun Dong Cho
    • 1
  • Ji Young Ryu
    • 2
  • Heung Yong Ha
    • 2
  • Yong Soo Kang
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Applied ChemistrySejong UniversitySeoulKorea
  2. 2.Fuel Cell Research CenterKorea Institute of Science and TechnologySeoulKorea
  3. 3.Division of Chemical EngineeringHangyang UniversitySeoulKorea

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