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Title: Thin Polymer Films with Continuous Vertically Aligned 1 nm Pores Fabricated by Soft Confinement

Membrane separations are critically important in areas ranging from health care and analytical chemistry to bioprocessing and water purification. An ideal nanoporous membrane would consist of a thin film with physically continuous and vertically aligned nanopores and would display a narrow distribution of pore sizes. However, the current state of the art departs considerably from this ideal and is beset by intrinsic trade-offs between permeability and selectivity. We demonstrate an effective and scalable method to fabricate polymer films with ideal membrane morphologies consisting of submicron thickness films with physically continuous and vertically aligned 1 nm pores. The approach is based on soft confinement to control the orientation of a cross-linkable mesophase in which the pores are produced by self-assembly. The scalability, exceptional ease of fabrication, and potential to create a new class of nanofiltration membranes stand out as compelling aspects.
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  1. Yale Univ., New Haven, CT (United States)
  2. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AR0000098; D1-AR0000098
Published Article
Journal Name:
ACS Nano
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 10; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 1936-0851
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Research Org:
Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)
Country of Publication:
United States
77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; thin film; soft confinement; membrane separation
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Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1436432