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Membranes 2012, 2(1), 134-197; doi:10.3390/membranes2010134
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Light Responsive Polymer Membranes: A Review

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Received: 20 December 2011 / Revised: 4 February 2012 / Accepted: 16 February 2012 / Published: 2 March 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Responsive Polymer Membranes)

Abstract

In recent years, stimuli responsive materials have gained significant attention in membrane separation processes due to their ability to change specific properties in response to small external stimuli, such as light, pH, temperature, ionic strength, pressure, magnetic field, antigen, chemical composition, and so on. In this review, we briefly report recent progresses in light-driven materials and membranes. Photo-switching mechanisms, valved-membrane fabrication and light-driven properties are examined. Advances and perspectives of light responsive polymer membranes in biotechnology, chemistry and biology areas are discussed.
Keywords: membranes; valved-pores; photo-switching azo- and spiro-derivates; liquid crystals; polypeptides membranes; hydrogel membrane; light-driven devices; wettability; sensors; microfluidics membranes; valved-pores; photo-switching azo- and spiro-derivates; liquid crystals; polypeptides membranes; hydrogel membrane; light-driven devices; wettability; sensors; microfluidics
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Nicoletta, F.P.; Cupelli, D.; Formoso, P.; De Filpo, G.; Colella, V.; Gugliuzza, A. Light Responsive Polymer Membranes: A Review. Membranes 2012, 2, 134-197.

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