Proton conductive materials are of significant importance and highly desired for clean energy-related applications. Discovery of practical metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with high proton conduction remains a challenge due to the use of toxic chemicals, inconvenient ligand preparation and complication of production at scale for the state-of-the-art candidates. Herein, we report a zirconium-MOF, MIP-202(Zr), constructed from natural α-amino acid showing a high and steady proton conductivity of 0.011 S cm−1 at 363 K and under 95% relative humidity. This MOF features a cost-effective, green and scalable preparation with a very high space-time yield above 7000 kg m−3 day−1. It exhibits a good chemical stability under various conditions, including solutions of wide pH range and boiling water. Finally, a comprehensive molecular simulation was carried out to shed light on the proton conduction mechanism. All together these features make MIP-202(Zr) one of the most promising candidates to approach the commercial benchmark Nafion.
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A Robust Zirconium Amino Acid Metal-Organic Framework for Proton Conduction
Sujing Wang, Mohammad Wahiduzzaman, Louisa Davis, Antoine Tissot, William Shepard, Jérôme Marrot, Charlotte Martineau-Corcos, Djemel Hamdane, Guillaume Maurin, Sabine Devautour-Vinot and Christian Serre
Nature Communications volume 9, Article number: 4937 (2018)