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dc.contributor.authorZhang, Y.
dc.contributor.authorShen, Y.
dc.contributor.authorHou, J.
dc.contributor.authorZhang, Y.
dc.contributor.authorFam, W.
dc.contributor.authorLiu, Jian
dc.contributor.authorBennett, T.
dc.contributor.authorChen, V.
dc.identifier.citationZhang, Y. and Shen, Y. and Hou, J. and Zhang, Y. and Fam, W. and Liu, J. and Bennett, T. et al. 2018. Ultraselective Pebax Membranes Enabled by Templated Microphase Separation. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 10 (23): pp. 20006-20013.

© 2018 American Chemical Society. Block copolymer materials have been considered as promising candidates to fabricate gas separation membranes. This microphase separation affects the polymer chain packing density and molecular separation efficiency. Here, we demonstrate a method to template microphase separation within a thin composite Pebax membrane, through the controllable self-assembly of one-dimensional halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) within the thin film via the solution-casting technique. Crystallization of the polyamide component is induced at the HNT surface, guiding subsequent crystal growth around the tubular structure. The resultant composite membrane possesses an ultrahigh selectivity (up to 290) for the CO2/N2 gas pair, together with a moderate CO2 permeability (80.4 barrer), being the highest selectivity recorded for Pebax-based membranes, and it easily surpasses the Robeson upper bound. The templated microphase separation concept is further demonstrated with the nanocomposite hollow fiber gas separation membranes, showing its effectiveness of promoting gas selectivity.

dc.publisherAmerican Chemical Society
dc.titleUltraselective Pebax Membranes Enabled by Templated Microphase Separation
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
curtin.departmentWASM: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering (WASM-MECE)
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