Temperature dependence of ion and water diffusion in crown ether loaded nafion matrix

Sanhita Chaudhury, A. Bhattacharya, Chhavi Agarwal, A. Goswami

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Temperature dependence study of the self-diffusion coefficient of Cs + ion in dibenzo-18-crown-6 (DB18C6) modified Nafion-117 (Cs-Naf-CR) was carried out in the temperature range of 50-65 °C. Temperature dependence of water diffusion in Cs-Naf-CR was also studied to understand the mechanism of cation and water transport in the membrane. Because of the very slow kinetics of isotopic exchange, self-diffusion measurement of Na+ in Na-Naf-CR was carried out only at 60 °C. The result indicates that self-diffusion behavior is governed by the nature of the cation in which the crown ether was loaded in the membrane matrix. The activation energy of diffusion for Cs + ion and water in Cs-Naf-CR was found to be much higher than that in the pure Cs+ form of Nafion (Cs-Naf). Water uptake of the membrane was also found to have reduced compared to Cs/Na-Naf. The results point to the binding of the ions by DB18C6 and the destruction of the water channels in the crown ether loaded membrane. The differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) data supports these observations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9395-9400
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number30
StatePublished - 4 Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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