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Light Responsive Polymer Membranes: A Review
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Università della Calabria, I-87036 Rende (CS), Italy
Department of Chemistry, Università della Calabria, I-87036 Rende (CS), Italy
Institute on Membrane Technology—National Council Research, ITM-CNR, I-87030 Rende (CS), Italy
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Received: 20 December 2011; in revised form: 4 February 2012 / Accepted: 16 February 2012 / Published: 2 March 2012
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
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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.
Nicoletta FP, Cupelli D, Formoso P, De Filpo G, Colella V, Gugliuzza A. Light Responsive Polymer Membranes: A Review. Membranes. 2012; 2(1):134-197.
Nicoletta, Fiore Pasquale; Cupelli, Daniela; Formoso, Patrizia; De Filpo, Giovanni; Colella, Valentina; Gugliuzza, Annarosa. 2012. "Light Responsive Polymer Membranes: A Review." Membranes 2, no. 1: 134-197.