Poly(vinyl alcohol)/poly(vinyl chloride) composite polymer membranes for secondary zinc electrodes

Chun Chen Yang*, Jen Ming Yang, Cheng Yeou Wu

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A microporous composite polymer membrane composed of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC), was prepared by a solution casting method and a partial dissolution process. The characteristic properties of microporous PVA/PVC composite polymer membranes containing 2.5-10 wt.% PVC polymers as fillers were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), capillary flow porometry (CFP), micro-Raman spectroscopy, dynamic mechanical analyzer (DMA) and the AC impedance method. The electrochemical properties of a secondary Zn electrode with the PVA/PVC composite polymer membrane were studied using the galvanostatic charge/discharge method. The PVA/PVC composite polymer membrane showed good thermal, mechanical and electrochemical properties. As a result, the PVA/PVC composite polymer membrane appears to be a good candidate for use on the secondary Zn electrodes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)669-677
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Issue number2
StatePublished - 15 06 2009


  • Composite polymer membrane
  • Microporous
  • PVA
  • PVC
  • Partial dissolution
  • Secondary Zn electrode


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