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Title: Highly Permeable Oligo(ethylene oxide)- co-poly(dimethylsiloxane) Membranes for Carbon Dioxide Separation

Here, a series of cross–linked, freestanding oligo(ethylene oxide)– co–(polydimethylsiloxane–norbornene) membranes with varied composition is synthesized via in situ ring–opening metathesis polymerization. These membranes show remarkably high CO 2 permeabilities (3400 Barrer) and their separation performance approaches the Robeson upper bound. The excellent permeability of these copolymer membranes provides great potential for real–world applications where enormous volumes of gases must be separated. The gas transport properties of these films are found to be directly proportional to oligo(ethylene oxide) content incorporation, which stems from the increased solubility selectivity change within the copolymer matrix. This work provides a systematic study of how gas separation performance in rubbery membranes can be enhanced by tuning the CO 2–philicity of their constituent monomeric subunits.
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  1. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  3. Univ. of California, Riverside, CA (United States)
  4. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Advanced Sustainable Systems
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 2; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 2366-7486
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE)
Country of Publication:
United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; CO2-philic; high permeability; membrane gas separation; oligo(ethylene oxide); polydimethylsiloxane
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OSTI ID: 1414957