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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2016, Article ID 6123213, 8 pages
Research Article

Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell Performance of a Sulfonated Poly(Arylene Ether Benzimidazole) Copolymer Membrane

Department of Chemical Engineering, Anadolu University, 26555 Eskisehir, Turkey

Received 6 June 2016; Revised 24 October 2016; Accepted 25 October 2016

Academic Editor: Gianluca Cicala

Copyright © 2016 Hasan Ferdi Gerçel et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Disodium-3,3′-disulfonate-4,4′-dichlorodiphenylsulfone (SDCDPS) and 5,5′-bis[2-(4-hydroxyphenyl)benzimidazole] (HPBI) monomers were synthesized. Binding these monomers via nucleophilic aromatic polycondensation reaction, a sulfonated poly(arylene ether benzimidazole) copolymer was synthesized. Structures of monomers and copolymer were confirmed by proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H NMR) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy analyses. Proton exchange membrane was prepared by dissolving copolymer in dimethylacetamide (DMAc) and casting onto a glass plate. Copolymer membrane was doped with sulfuric acid to ensure proton exchange character. Single cell performance of the copolymer membrane was tested in a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell test station. The highest power density of the membrane was measured as 23.7 mW cm−2 at 80°C. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) showed that as the degree of disulfonation is increased thermal stability of the copolymer is increased.