Bioinspired Proton and Mixed Proton -Electron Conductors

Project Details


Proton transfer has attracted substantial research interest because of their central role in biology and their importance in electrochemical devices, including fuel cells, batteries, sensors, electrolysers, and gas separation technologies. Nafion is the most common polymer used in proton exchange membranes because of its high proton conductivity and structural stability, yet it is expensive and requires high humidity to display large proton conductivities, limiting its working temperature range. There is an acute demand for improved materials that outperform Nafion in terms of function, cost, and operating conditions. This project will pursue strategies to use bioinspired materials to develop new classes of high performance ion transport membranes of wide ranging use and value. As well the project contribute to enhanced education and mentoring experiences for students at nearly all levels.

Effective start/end date1/01/15 → …


  • United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF)


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