Nanoporous block copolymer membranes for ultrafiltration: A simple approach to size tunability

Hyungju Ahn, Sungmin Park, Sang Woo Kim, Pil J. Yoo, Du Yeol Ryu, Thomas P. Russell

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Nanoporous structures were obtained by the self-assembly of polystyrene-b-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) block copolymers (BCP) where, in thick films, cylindrical microdomains were oriented normal to the substrate and air interfaces, and in the interior of the films, the microdomains were randomly oriented. Continuous nanopores that penetrated through the film were readily produced by a simple preferential swelling of the PMMA microdomains. The confined swelling and rapid contraction of PMMA microdomains generated well-defined uniform pores with diameters to 17.5 nm. The size selectivity and rejection of Au nanoparticles (NPs) for these ultrafiltration (UF) membranes were demonstrated, suggesting an efficient route to tunable, noncomponent-degradative UF membranes. (Graph Presented).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11745-11752
Number of pages8
JournalACS Nano
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Nov 25

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  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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