Novel gas separation membranes containing covalently bonded fullerenes

D.M. Sterescu, Lydia A.M. Bolhuis-Versteeg, N.F.A. van der Vegt, Dimitrios Stamatialis, Matthias Wessling

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In this work, we report superior mass transport properties of polymers prepared by the covalent coupling of supermolecular carbon cages (e.g., fullerenes, bucky balls) to a poly(2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene oxide) (PPO) polymer. Dispersing the bucky balls into the polymer reduces gas permeability, whereas covalent bonding enhances permeability up to 80% in comparison to the pure PPO. Gas pair selectivity, however, is not compromised and stays constant.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)1674-1678
JournalMacromolecular rapid communications
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Fullerenes
  • IR-49545
  • Gas permeation
  • Gas separation
  • METIS-222137
  • Membranes

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