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Membranes 2012, 2(1), 134-197; doi:10.3390/membranes2010134

Light Responsive Polymer Membranes: A Review

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Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Università della Calabria, I-87036 Rende (CS), Italy
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Department of Chemistry, Università della Calabria, I-87036 Rende (CS), Italy
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Institute on Membrane Technology—National Council Research, ITM-CNR, I-87030 Rende (CS), Italy
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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. View Full-Text
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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