Acid-functionalised periodic mesoporous benzenosilica proton conductors

Eddy M. Domingues, Maria A. Salvador, Paula Ferreira, Filipe M. Figueiredo*

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An investigation of proton conducting periodic mesoporous benzenosilica hybrids functionalised with sulfonic or phosphonic acids obtained by a co-condensation route is presented. Protonic conductivity data obtained under different temperatures and relative humidity conditions are reported in order to assess the combined effects of composition and concentration of the functional acid group, and microstructural features such as pore size, specific surface area and meso- and molecular-scale order. It is found that the conductivity increases significantly with increasing acid load, specific surface area and relative humidity. A proton conductivity of 0.3 Sm - 1 at 100 °C and 100% relative humidity is reported for a sulfonic acid functionalised PMO which is three orders of magnitude higher than the value reported for a similar material obtained by grafting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)308-311
Number of pages4
JournalSolid State Ionics
StatePublished - Oct 4 2012
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the FCT under projects HyPEM - FEDER/QREN - COMPETE PTDC/CTM– CER/109843/2009 and Pest-C/CTM/LA0011/2011. E. Domingues and M.A. Salvador are particularly indebted to FCT (SFRH/BD/48042/2008 and SFRH/BD/60903/2009).


  • Fuel cell
  • Hybrids
  • Mesoporous
  • Organosilica
  • Proton conductivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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