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Title: Impact of Interfacial Roughness on the Sorption Properties of Nanocast Polymers

Nanocasting is an emerging method to prepare organic polymers with regular, nanometer pores using inorganic templates. This report assesses the impact of imperfect template replication on the sorption properties of such polymer castings. Existing X-ray diffraction data show that substantial diffuse scattering exists in the small-angle region even though TEM images show near perfect lattices of uniform pores. To assess the origin of the diffuse scattering, the morphology of the phenol - formaldehyde foams (PFF) was investigated by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The observed diffuse scattering is attributed to interfacial roughness due to fractal structures. Such roughness has a profound impact on the sorption properties. Conventional pore- filling models, for example, overestimate protein sorption capacity. A mathematical framework is presented to calculate sorption properties based on observed morphological parameters. The formalism uses the surface fractal dimension determined by SAXS in conjunction with nitrogen adsorption isotherms to predict lysozyme sorption. The results are consistent with measured lysozyme loading.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1]
  1. Univ. of Cincinnati, OH (United States)
  2. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-06CH11357
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Macromolecules
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 49; Journal Issue: 7; Journal ID: ISSN 0024-9297
Publisher:
American Chemical Society
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE
OSTI Identifier:
1339562