In an attempt to form a proton-selective environment in porous carbons that is similar to that of proton-conducting polymers, we used highly oxidized molecular sieving carbons that are covered by oxygen-containing surface groups. Naturally, it would be assumed that the free electron pairs of the surface oxygen atoms are those that provide specific adsorption sites for protons. However, we discovered that selective adsorption of protons takes place within the pores of the molecular sieving carbon electrode, even in the absence of surface oxides.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Physical Chemistry B|
|State||Published - 3 Oct 2002|