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Membranes 2018, 8(3), 57; https://doi.org/10.3390/membranes8030057

Formation of Thin, Isoporous Block Copolymer Membranes by an Upscalable Profile Roller Coating Process—A Promising Way to Save Block Copolymer

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Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Institute of Polymer Research, Max-Planck-Str. 1, 21502 Geesthacht, Germany
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Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Hamburg, Martin-Luther-King-Platz 6, 20146 Hamburg, Germany
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Received: 20 June 2018 / Revised: 25 July 2018 / Accepted: 30 July 2018 / Published: 6 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polymeric Porous Membranes)
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In this work we present a method to manufacture flat sheet membranes with a thin isoporous block copolymer (BCP) layer (thickness <3 µm) by profile roller coating (breadth: 30 cm) on top of a porous support membrane. Highly diluted BCP-solutions were used for this coating process. While we cast membranes with dimensions of 30 cm × 50 cm in this work, the procedure can easily be extended to endless dimensions in this roll to roll (R2R) process. The method offers the possibility to save >95% of BCP raw material compared to common doctor blade casting, by strongly decreasing the layer thickness to below 3 µm in combination with a highly open substructure. Additionally, we report a straightforward method to investigate the influence of the solvent evaporation time between coating and precipitation (phase inversion) on the membrane morphology using one sample only, which also ensures that all other influencing parameters remain constant. View Full-Text
Keywords: roller coating; self-assembly; block copolymer; isoporous membrane; pH responsiveness; thin layer; integral-asymmetric membrane; upscaling; ultrafiltration; film homogeneity roller coating; self-assembly; block copolymer; isoporous membrane; pH responsiveness; thin layer; integral-asymmetric membrane; upscaling; ultrafiltration; film homogeneity
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Bucher, T.; Filiz, V.; Abetz, C.; Abetz, V. Formation of Thin, Isoporous Block Copolymer Membranes by an Upscalable Profile Roller Coating Process—A Promising Way to Save Block Copolymer. Membranes 2018, 8, 57.

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