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Electrolyte membrane, methods of manufacture thereof and articles comprising the same

United States Patent

November 5, 2013
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Disclosed herein is a method of forming an electrolyte membrane comprising forming a mixture; the mixture comprising a polyhydroxy compound, an aromatic polyhalide compound and an alkali metal hydroxide; disposing the mixture on a porous substrate; reacting the mixture to form a crosslinked proton conductor; and sulfonating the proton conductor. Disclosed herein too is an article comprising a porous substrate; and a sulfonated crosslinked proton conductor disposed within pores of the porous substrate.
Tamaki; Ryo (Santa Clarita, CA), Rice; Steven Thomas (Scotia, NY), Yeager; Gary William (Rexford, NY)
General Electric Company (Niskayuna, NY)
12/ 202,754
September 2, 2008
FEDERAL RESEARCH STATEMENT This invention was made with Government support from the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-FG36-06GO16034. The Government has certain rights in the invention.