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Current Topics in Electrochemistry   Volumes    Volume 7 
Ion transport in perfluorinated carboxylate ionomer membrane
Kazuo Nomura
Pages: 135 - 145
Number of pages: 11
Current Topics in Electrochemistry
Volume 7 

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For the perfluorinated carboxylate ionomer membrane / aqueous electrolyte systems, the dependence of the membrane volume on types of counter ions was investigated. The electrolytes used were alkali metal chlorides (LiCl, NaCl, KCl, RbCl, CsCl) and HCl.  From the relationship of the membrane volumes with water contents, the volume of hydrophilic region in a microheterogeneous membrane structure was estimated for each type of counter ion.  The volumes of hydrophilic region were found to be in the same order as for the sizes for the ion cluster in the perfluorosulfonated membrane.  Taking into account the microheterogeneous structure of the membrane, the concentration of counter ion in the membrane and the molar volume of the counter ion were calculated for each type.  It was suggested that the difference in the volumes of hydrophilic region among several counter-ion types can mainly be attributed to the volume behavior of counter ions and that ionic molar volume in the membrane is nearly equal to that in the aqueous solution.  In the perfluorocarboxylate ionomer membrane / aqueous sodium chloride system, the diffusional flux of sodium ions against their own concentration difference was observed in the presence of a pH difference across the membrane.  The internal solution contained 1 x 10-1 mol dm-3 NaOH and 1 x 10-1 mol dm-3 NaCl and the external solution contained 2 x 10-1 mol dm-3 NaCl and HCl  of  various concentrations in the range of 1 x 10-2 to 1 x 10-1 mol dm-3.  In these membrane systems, it was observed that the membrane potential rapidly changed in response to a pH jump in the external side of two aqueous phases to reach an intermediate stage and then the subsequent step started to relax slowly to the final membrane potential at the other steady state.  On the basis of the assignment that the earlier fast step and subsequent slow step observed in the generation process of the membrane potential are the generation processes of the Donnan potential at the membrane/solution interface and the intramembrane diffusion potential, respectively, the total membrane potential has been divided into these two constitutents.  By using the observed Donnan potential, the ion concentration at the membrane surface in the membrane was obtained.  The ion flux was analyzed to obtain the diffusion coefficient of ions within the membrane by using the ion concentration at the membrane surface in the membrane and the intramembrane diffusion potential.  The pH dependence of the diffusion coefficient and that of the ion concentration at the surface in the membrane showed a break point near the apparent pKa, where the transition of the ion-cluster structure in the membrane would occur.

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