Study of styrene effect on non-radiation grafting of vinyl benzyl chloride on to polyethylene-based anion exchange membrane

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Department of Materials Science and Engineering


A non-radiation polyethylene-based anion exchange membrane (AEM) was synthesized by chemically grafting 4-vinylbenzyl chloride (VBC) onto it. The resulting AME with a 10% styrene addition has peak IEC value, 57% higher than the non-styrene AEM. Water uptake and mechanical properties were slightly enhanced with the presence of styrene. The addition of styrene improves the compatibility between VBC and low-density polyethylene due to the formation of compatibilizer of poly(styrene-co-VBC). These were evidenced by elemental analysis, infrared spectroscopy, [1] H NMR, and Field Emission-SEM.

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Characterization of Minerals, Metals, and Materials 2020