Polymer Engineering Faculty Research

Gas Transport Through Ethylene-Acrylic Acid Ionomers

Robert Weiss, The University of Akron


Transport properties of several gases in two ethylene-acrylic acid ionomers characterized by a different amount of acrylic acid groups and percentage of neutralization have been investigated. Sorption and permeation experiments have been performed with N2, O2, CO2, CH4, C2 H6, and SF6 in the 25–65°C range and with C3H8 only at 25°C. Gas permeabilities, diffusivities, and solubilities were evaluated along with activation energies and heats of solution. Data obtained in the present investigation were compared to analogous results reported in literature for polyethylene to better highlight the effect of ionic aggregates on the gas transport mechanism.