Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)

Program

Chemistry

Date of Award

5-2016

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Hua Mei

Committee Members

Ismail O. Kady, Aleksey Vasiliev

Abstract

Two diazonium perfluoroalkyl arylsulfonimide (PFSI) zwitterionic monomers, 4-diazonium perfluoro(3-oxapent-4-ene)benzenesulfonimide (I) and 4-(trifluoromethyl)-2-diazonium perfluoro(3-oxapent-4-ene)benzenesulfonimide (II) have been synthesized from perfluoro(3-oxapent-4-ene) sulfonyl fluoride (POPF) for proton exchange membrane fuel cells. PFSI polymers are proposed as new electrolytes due to their better thermal stability, inertness to electrochemical conditions, and lower susceptibility to oxidative degradation and dehydration. For a better integration between the electrode and the electrolyte, the PFSI polymers are expected to be grafted onto the carbon electrode via the diazonium moiety.

All the reaction intermediates and the final product were characterized with 1H NMR, 19F NMR and IR spectroscopies.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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