Preparation, characterization and thermal degradation studies of bi-functional cation-exchange membranes

Amit K. Thakur, Ravi P. Pandey, Vinod K. Shahi

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Cross-linked divinylbenzene (DVB) based bi-functional copolymer (BFC) was synthesized using acrylic acid and 2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid (AMPS) by free radical copolymerisation reaction. Simple solution casting technique was used to fabricate the bi-functional cation-exchange membranes using polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as plasticizer. To deliberate the structural and morphological analyses and asses the density of functional groups, state of water, and conductivity of developed membranes, physicochemical characterizations were carried out. Well optimized PVA/BFC-70 membrane showed high bound water content (3.60%) with high membrane conductivity (3.67×10-2Scm-1) and ion-exchange capacity (1.30mequivg-1). The reported CEM, especially PVA/BFC-70, was assessed for the electrochemical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-215
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Cation exchange membrane
  • Counter-ion transport number
  • Electrodialysis
  • Membrane conductivity
  • Permselectivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (all)
  • Chemical Engineering (all)
  • Materials Science (all)
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering


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