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Proton Diffusion in Liquid 1,2,3-Triazole Studied by Incoherent Quasi-Elastic Neutron Scattering

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The Journal of Physical Chemistry B
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1544 to 1549

Improving the proton transport in polymer electrolytes impacts the performance of next-generation solid-state batteries. However, little is known about proton conductivity in nonaqueous systems due to the lack of an appropriate level of fundamental understanding. Here, we studied the proton transport in small molecules with dynamic hydrogen bonding, 1,2,3-triazole, as a model system of proton hopping in a nonaqueous environment using incoherent quasi-elastic neutron scattering. By using the jump-diffusion model, we identified the elementary jump-diffusion motion of protons at a much shorter length scale than those by nuclear magnetic resonance and impedance spectroscopy for the estimated long-range diffusion. In addition, a spatially restricted diffusive motion was observed, indicating that proton motion in 1,2,3-triazole is complex with various local correlated dynamics. These correlated dynamics will be important in elucidating the nature of the proton dynamics in nonaqueous systems.