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Title: Robust and Elastic Polymer Membranes with Tunable Properties for Gas Separation

Abstract

Here, polymer membranes with the capability to process a massive volume of gas are especially attractive for practical applications of gas separation. Although much effort has been devoted to develop novel polymer membranes with increased selectivity, the overall gas-separation performance and lifetime of membrane are still negatively affected by the weak mechanical performance, low plasticization resistance and poor physical aging tolerance. Recently, elastic polymer membranes with tunable mechanical properties have been attracting significant attentions due to their tremendous potential applications. Herein, we report a series of urethanerich PDMS-based polymer networks (U-PDMS-NW) with improved mechanical performance for gas separation. The cross-link density of U-PDMS-NWs is tailored by varying the molecular weight ( M n) of PDMS. The U-PDMS-NWs show up to 400% elongation and tunable Young’s modulus (1.3–122.2 MPa), ultimate tensile strength (1.1–14.3 MPa), and toughness (0.7–24.9 MJ/m 3). All of the U-PDMS-NWs exhibit salient gas-separation performance with excellent thermal resistance and aging tolerance, high gas permeability (>100 Barrer), and tunable gas selectivity (up to α[ P CO2/ P N2] ≈ 41 and α[ P CO2/ P CH4] ≈ 16). With well-controlled mechanical properties and gas-separation performance, these U-PDMS-NW can be used as a polymermembrane platform not only for gas separationmore » but also for other applications such as microfluidic channels and stretchable electronic devices.« less

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [2];  [2]; ORCiD logo [2]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1];  [1]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [3]; ORCiD logo [1]
  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  2. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
  3. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22); USDOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE)
OSTI Identifier:
1399118
Grant/Contract Number:
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 9; Journal Issue: 31; Journal ID: ISSN 1944-8244
Publisher:
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; cross-link density; gas permeability; gas separation; mechanical properties; PDMS membrane

Citation Formats

Cao, Peng -Fei, Li, Bingrui, Hong, Tao, Xing, Kunyue, Voylov, Dmitry N., Cheng, Shiwang, Yin, Panchao, Kisliuk, Alexander, Mahurin, Shannon Mark, Sokolov, Alexei P., and Saito, Tomonori. Robust and Elastic Polymer Membranes with Tunable Properties for Gas Separation. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1021/acsami.7b09017.
Cao, Peng -Fei, Li, Bingrui, Hong, Tao, Xing, Kunyue, Voylov, Dmitry N., Cheng, Shiwang, Yin, Panchao, Kisliuk, Alexander, Mahurin, Shannon Mark, Sokolov, Alexei P., & Saito, Tomonori. Robust and Elastic Polymer Membranes with Tunable Properties for Gas Separation. United States. doi:10.1021/acsami.7b09017.
Cao, Peng -Fei, Li, Bingrui, Hong, Tao, Xing, Kunyue, Voylov, Dmitry N., Cheng, Shiwang, Yin, Panchao, Kisliuk, Alexander, Mahurin, Shannon Mark, Sokolov, Alexei P., and Saito, Tomonori. 2017. "Robust and Elastic Polymer Membranes with Tunable Properties for Gas Separation". United States. doi:10.1021/acsami.7b09017.
@article{osti_1399118,
title = {Robust and Elastic Polymer Membranes with Tunable Properties for Gas Separation},
author = {Cao, Peng -Fei and Li, Bingrui and Hong, Tao and Xing, Kunyue and Voylov, Dmitry N. and Cheng, Shiwang and Yin, Panchao and Kisliuk, Alexander and Mahurin, Shannon Mark and Sokolov, Alexei P. and Saito, Tomonori},
abstractNote = {Here, polymer membranes with the capability to process a massive volume of gas are especially attractive for practical applications of gas separation. Although much effort has been devoted to develop novel polymer membranes with increased selectivity, the overall gas-separation performance and lifetime of membrane are still negatively affected by the weak mechanical performance, low plasticization resistance and poor physical aging tolerance. Recently, elastic polymer membranes with tunable mechanical properties have been attracting significant attentions due to their tremendous potential applications. Herein, we report a series of urethanerich PDMS-based polymer networks (U-PDMS-NW) with improved mechanical performance for gas separation. The cross-link density of U-PDMS-NWs is tailored by varying the molecular weight (Mn) of PDMS. The U-PDMS-NWs show up to 400% elongation and tunable Young’s modulus (1.3–122.2 MPa), ultimate tensile strength (1.1–14.3 MPa), and toughness (0.7–24.9 MJ/m3). All of the U-PDMS-NWs exhibit salient gas-separation performance with excellent thermal resistance and aging tolerance, high gas permeability (>100 Barrer), and tunable gas selectivity (up to α[PCO2/PN2] ≈ 41 and α[PCO2/PCH4] ≈ 16). With well-controlled mechanical properties and gas-separation performance, these U-PDMS-NW can be used as a polymermembrane platform not only for gas separation but also for other applications such as microfluidic channels and stretchable electronic devices.},
doi = {10.1021/acsami.7b09017},
journal = {ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces},
number = 31,
volume = 9,
place = {United States},
year = 2017,
month = 7
}

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