Investigations on the Effect of Chitin Nanofiber in PMMA Based Solid Polymer Electrolyte Systems

Investigations on the Effect of Chitin Nanofiber in PMMA Based Solid Polymer Electrolyte Systems

P. M. Shyly S. Dawn Dharma Roy Paitip Thiravetyan S. Thanikaikarasan P. J. Sebastian D. Eapen X. Sahaya Shajan*

Centre for Scientific and Applied Research, School of Basic Engineering and Sciences, PSN College of Engineering and Technology, Tirunelveli- 627 152, Tamil Nadu, India

Department of Physics, Nesamany Memorial Christian College, Marthandam-629 165, Tamil Nadu, India

School of Bioresources and Technology, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok 10150, Thailand

Instituto de Energias Renovables-UNAM, 62580, Temixco, Morelos, Mexico

Instituto de Biotecnología-UNAM, Av. Universidad 2001, Cuernavaca, Morelos, 62210, Mexico

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February 18, 2014
July 20, 2014
October 03, 2014
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Polymer electrolyte membranes find application in a variety of fields such as battery systems, fuel cells, sensors and other electrochemical devices. In this paper we have done some investigations on the effect of chitin nanofiber (CNF) in PMMA based solid polymer electrolyte systems. CNF was synthesized from shrimp cell chitin by stepwise purification and acid hydrolysis method. PMMA based electrolyte films containing different concentrations of lithium salt and CNFs as filler were prepared by hot-press membrane technique. Crystalline nature and phase changes in polymer electrolytes were confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis. Thermal behavior of the polymer electrolyte systems was studied by differential scanning calorimetry. Ionic conductivities of the electrolytes have been determined using a.c. impedance analysis in the temperature range between 303 and 393K. The temperature–dependent ionic conductivity


Chitin nanofiber, polymer electrolytes, fuel cell, PMMA, Dielectric studies

1. Introduction
2. Materials and Methods
3. Results and Discussion
4. Conclusions

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