A Brief Review of Poly(Vinyl Alcohol)-Based Anion Exchange Membranes for Alkaline Fuel Cells

Asep Muhamad Samsudin*, Merit Bodner, Viktor Hacker

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Anion exchange membrane fuel cells have unique advantages and are thus gaining increasing attention. Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) is one of the potential polymers for the development of anion exchange membranes. This review provides recent studies on PVA-based membranes as alternative anion exchange membranes for alkaline fuel cells. The development of anion exchange membranes in general, including the types, materials, and preparation of anion exchange membranes in the last years, are discussed. The performances and characteristics of recently reported PVA-based membranes are highlighted, including hydroxide conductivity, water uptake, swelling degree, tensile strength, and fuel permeabilities. Finally, some challenging issues and perspectives for the future study of anion exchange membranes are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3565
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022


  • alkaline fuel cell
  • anion exchange membrane
  • fuel permeability
  • fuel cell
  • poly(vinyl alcohol)
  • hydroxide conductivity
  • preparation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics

Fields of Expertise

  • Mobility & Production
  • Advanced Materials Science

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