Theoretical Model for the Structures of Ionomers: Application to Nafion® Materials

  • K. A. Mauritz
  • C. J. Hora
  • A. J. Hopfinger


Considerable progress has been made in the solution theory of polyelectrolytes. However, for the condensed phase analogs of polyelectrolytes, ionomers, this is not the case, Eisenberg (1) has put forth an initial theory of ionomer structure which contains conceptual formalisms of general usage. His theory has been consulted extensively in the work reported here. Ponomarev and Ionova (2) have attempted to construct a sophisticated statistical mechanical model to describe the thermodynamics of ionomers. Recently, Gierke (3) has described a theory of ion transport in the Nafion® ionomer based upon a specific molecular organization.


Hydration Shell Physicochemical State Packing Factor Sodium Sulfonate Elastic Deformation Energy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. A. Mauritz
    • 1
  • C. J. Hora
    • 1
  • A. J. Hopfinger
    • 2
  1. 1.Diamond Shamrock CorporationT.R. Evans Research CenterPainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Macromolecular ScienceCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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