In this paper, the novel, low-cost alkaline anion-exchange membranes (CS/PDDA), made from Chitosan and poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) blends, are successfully synthesized by a combined thermal and chemical cross-linking technique. The hydroxide conductivity (OH-), water uptake, ion exchange capacity (IEC), thermal stability, oxidative stability and alkaline stability of CS/PDDA membranes are measured to evaluate their applicability in electrochemical capacitors. The effects of membrane composition on OH- conductivity are studied using AC impedance technique. It is found that by cross-linking modifications, the membranes exhibit high OH- conductivity of 0.0162S cm-1 is achieved at m (CS) : m (PDDA)=1:0.5. The CS/PDDA membranes as electrode materials for supercapacitor demonstrated a wide voltage window (1.5 V), and exhibit high specific capacitance of 27.6 mF cm-2 at 100 mV s-1.
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