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Ionizing Radiation for Preparation and Functionalization of Membranes and Their Biomedical and Environmental Applications

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Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias Nucleares (C2TN), Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Campus Tecnológico e Nuclear, Estrada Nacional 10, ao km 139,7, 2695-066 Bobadela, Portugal
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Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias Nucleares (C2TN), Departamento de Engenharia e Ciências Nucleares (DECN), Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Campus Tecnológico e Nuclear, Estrada Nacional 10, ao km 139,7, 2695-066 Bobadela, Portugal
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Centro de Química Estrutural (CQE), Instituto Superior Técnico, Estrada Nacional 10, 2695-066 Bobadela, Portugal
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LAQV-REQUIMTE, Departamento de Química, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2829-516 Monte de Caparica, Portugal
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Membranes 2019, 9(12), 163; https://doi.org/10.3390/membranes9120163
Received: 4 November 2019 / Revised: 27 November 2019 / Accepted: 28 November 2019 / Published: 3 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Functional Membranes for Biomedical and Environmental Applications)
The use of ionizing radiation processing technologies has proven to be one of the most versatile ways to prepare a wide range of membranes with specific tailored functionalities, thus enabling them to be used in a variety of industrial, environmental, and biological applications. The general principle of this clean and environmental friendly technique is the use of various types of commercially available high-energy radiation sources, like 60Co, X-ray, and electron beam to initiate energy-controlled processes of free-radical polymerization or copolymerization, leading to the production of functionalized, flexible, structured membranes or to the incorporation of functional groups within a matrix composed by a low-cost polymer film. The present manuscript describes the state of the art of using ionizing radiation for the preparation and functionalization of polymer-based membranes for biomedical and environmental applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: radiation technologies; membranes; polymers; environmental applications; biomedical applications radiation technologies; membranes; polymers; environmental applications; biomedical applications
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Casimiro, M.H.; Ferreira, L.M.; Leal, J.P.; Pereira, C.C.L.; Monteiro, B. Ionizing Radiation for Preparation and Functionalization of Membranes and Their Biomedical and Environmental Applications. Membranes 2019, 9, 163.

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