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, Volume 61, Issue 9, pp 1062–1087 | Cite as

Ion exchange membranes from poly(2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene oxide) and related applications

  • Jiahui Zhou
  • Peipei Zuo
  • Yahua Liu
  • Zhengjin YangEmail author
  • Tongwen XuEmail author


Ion exchange membranes (IEMs) play a significant role in fields of energy and environment, for instance fuel cells, diffusion dialysis, electrodialysis, etc. The limited choice of commercially available IEMs has produced a strong demand of fabricating IEMs with improved properties via facile synthetic strategies over the past two decades. Poly(phenylene oxide) (PPO) is considered as a promising polymeric material for constructing practical IEMs, due to its advantages of good physicochemical properties, low manufacturing cost and easy post functionalization. In this review, we present the accumulated efforts in synthetic strategies towards diverse types of PPO-based IEMs. Relation between polymer structures and the resulted features is discussed in detail. Besides, applying IEMs from PPO and its derivatives in fuel cell, diffusion dialysis and electrodialysis is summarized and commented.


poly(2,6–dimethyl–1,4–phenylene oxide) PPO ion exchange membrane modification application 


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This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21506201, 21720102003, 91534203), the Key Technologies R&D Program of Anhui Province (17030901079), K. C. Wong Education Foundation (2016–11) and International Partnership Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (21134ky5b20170010).


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  1. 1.CAS Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemistry for Energy Materials, School of Chemistry and Materials ScienceUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaHefeiChina

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