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Enhancing the proton conductivity of proton exchange membranes (PEMs) is essential to expand the applications of proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). Inspired by the proton conduction mechanism of bacteriorhodopsin, cucurbit[n]urils (CB[n], where n is the number of glycoluril units, n = 6, 7, or 8) are introduced into sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) (SPEEK) matrix to fabricate hybrid PEMs, employing a nature-inspired chemical engineering (NICE) methodology. The carbonyl groups of CB[n] act as proton-conducting sites, while the host–guest interaction between CB[n] and water molecules offers extra proton-conducting pathways. Additionally, the molecular size of CB[n] aids in...