Acid-Functionalized Mesostructured Aluminosilica for Hydrophilic Proton Conduction Membranes


  • We thank Dr. Y. S. Kim and Dr. P. Zelenay for helpful discussions. This work was supported in part by the MURI program of the USARL and USARO under grant no. DAAD 19-03-1-0121. G.L.A. was supported by the IGERT program of the U.S. National Science Foundation under award no. DGE-9987618. The work made use of the central facilities of the UCSB Materials Research Laboratory supported by the MRSEC Program of the National Science Foundation under award No. DMR 05-20415. We thank BASF for the donation of the F127 triblock copolymer species. B.F.C. was a 2006 Joseph Meyerhoff Visiting Professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the authors.


Acid-functionalized aluminosilica materials combine high extents of cubic mesostructural ordering, 3D pore interconnectivities, multiple functionalities (hydrophilicity, acidity), and macroscopic film processability to yield membranes with robust proton-conduction properties.

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