Patent Number: 8,574,664

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

Abstract: 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.

Inventors: Tamaki; Ryo (Santa Clarita, CA), Rice; Steven Thomas (Scotia, NY), Yeager; Gary William (Rexford, NY)

Assignee: General Electric Company

International Classification: B05D 5/12 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/05/12017