The present invention provides new compounds for use in proton exchange membranes which are able to operate in a wide variety of temperature ranges, including in the intermediate temperature range of about 100.degree. C. to 700.degree. C., and new and improved methods of making these compounds. The present invention also provides new and improved methods for making chalcogenide compounds, including, but not limited to, non-protonated sulfide, selenide and telluride compounds. In one embodiment, the proton conductivity of the compounds is between about 10.sup.-8 S/cm and 10.sup.-1 S/cm within a temperature range of between about -50 and 500.degree. C.
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT RIGHTS
This invention was made with support of the United States Government under Department of Energy's Hydrogen Program under Cooperative Agreement No. DE-FC3600GO10531. The Government has certain rights in this invention.