Impedance spectroscopy characterization of functionalized alumina membranes

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Anodic alumina membranes have been impregnated with a protonic conductor either by immersion or by vacuum permeation of a saturatedaqueous solution of CsHSO4 for different times. Synthetized salt, obtained through the reaction of cesium carbonate with sulphuric acid (inexcess), contained a small quantity of Cs2SO4. Unmodified membranes consist of amorphous Al2O3 with a regular distribution of pores (averagediameter: 200 nm) and are stable up to 850 -C. Long impregnation times caused partial dissolution of alumina, with formation of Al(HSO4)3 onthe front surfaces as well as into pore walls. From the frequency dispersion of the impedance, the ‘‘macroscopic conductivity’’ of membranes afterdifferent treatments was derived as a function of temperature, and compared with those relative to both unmodified membranes and the pureprotonic conductor. The latter shows a sudden increase in conductivity at T >140 -C, where a superprotonic transition occurs according to DTAanalysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2887-2891
Number of pages5
JournalSolid State Ionics
Publication statusPublished - 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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