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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 34, Number 2
BKCSDE 34(2)
February 20, 2013 

Hot-Pressing Effects on Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Investigated by 2H NMR Spectroscopy
Sang Man Leea, Oc Hee Han*,
NMR spectroscopy, Membrane, Hot-pressing, Nafion, Hydrophilic channel
The structural change of Nafion polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) induced by hot-pressing, which is one of the representative procedures for preparing membrane-electrode-assembly for low temperature fuel cells, was investigated by 2H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. The hydrophilic channels were asymmetrically flattened and more aligned in the membrane plane than along the hot-pressing direction. The average O-2H director of 2H2O in polymer electrolyte membrane was employed to extract the structural information from the 2H NMR peak splitting data. The dependence of 2H NMR data on water contents was systematically analyzed for the first time. The approach presented here can be used to understand the chemicals’ behavior in nano-spaces, especially those reshaping and functioning interactively with the chemicals in the wet and/or mixed state.
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