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Membranes with Intrinsic Micro-Porosity: Structure, Solubility, and Applications

State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, Jiangsu National Synergetic Innovation Center for Advanced Materials, College of Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, 5 Xinmofan Road, Nanjing 210009, China
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Membranes 2019, 9(1), 3;
Received: 9 November 2018 / Revised: 14 December 2018 / Accepted: 18 December 2018 / Published: 26 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanostructured Membranes)
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Microporous polymer membranes have been widely studied because of their excellent separation performance. Among them, polymers of intrinsic micro-porosity (PIMs) have been regarded as a potential next-generation membrane material for their ultra-permeable characteristics and their solution-processing ability. Therefore, many reviews have been reported on gas separation and monomers for the preparation of PIMs. This review aims to provide an overview of the structure-solubility property. Different structures such as non-network and network macromolecular structure made of different monomers have been reviewed. Then their solubility with different structures and different separation applications such as nanofiltration, pervaporation, and gas/vapor separation are summarized. Lastly, we also provide our perspectives on the challenges and future directions of the microporous polymer membrane for the structure-property relationship, anti-physical aging, and more. View Full-Text
Keywords: microporous polymer membrane; structure; solubility; separation performance microporous polymer membrane; structure; solubility; separation performance

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