Materials prepared from polydienes, such as poly(cyclohexadiene), and hydrophilic polymers, such as poly(alkylene oxide), are described. Methods of making the materials and their use in fuel cell membranes, batteries, breathable chemical-biological protective materials, and templates for sol-gel polymerization are also provided. The materials can be crosslinked and sulfonated, and can include copolymers and polymer blends.
The work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, EERE Program, Grant No. DE-FC36-06GO16037, and by the U.S. Army Research Office. The U.S. government has certain rights in the invention.