Bioinspired Ultrastrong Solid Electrolytes with Fast Proton Conduction along 2D Channels

Guangwei He, Mingzhao Xu, Jing Zhao, Shengtao Jiang, Shaofei Wang, Zhen Li, Xueyi He, Tong Huang, Moyuan Cao, Hong Wu, Michael D. Guiver, Zhongyi Jiang

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Solid electrolytes have attracted much attention due to their great prospects in a number of energy- and environment-related applications including fuel cells. Fast ion transport and superior mechanical properties of solid electrolytes are both of critical significance for these devices to operate with high efficiency and long-term stability. To address a common tradeoff relationship between ionic conductivity and mechanical properties, electrolyte membranes with proton-conducting 2D channels and nacre-inspired architecture are reported. An unprecedented combination of high proton conductivity (326 mS cm−1 at 80 °C) and superior mechanical properties (tensile strength of 250 MPa) are achieved due to the integration of exceptionally continuous 2D channels and nacre-inspired brick-and-mortar architecture into one materials system. Moreover, the membrane exhibits higher power density than Nafion 212 membrane, but with a comparative weight of only ≈0.1, indicating potential savings in system weight and cost. Considering the extraordinary properties and independent tunability of ion conduction and mechanical properties, this bioinspired approach may pave the way for the design of next-generation high-performance solid electrolytes with nacre-like architecture.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Issue number28
StatePublished - Jul 26 2017
Externally publishedYes


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