Polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs): Bridging the void between microporous and polymeric materials

Neil B. McKeown*, Peter M. Budd, Kadhum J. Msayib, Bader Ghanem, Helen J. Kingston, Carin E. Tattershall, Saad Makhseed, Kevin J. Reynolds, Detlev Fritsch

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Abstract

Novel types of microporous material are required for chemoselective adsorptions, separations and heterogeneous catalysis. This concept article describes recent research directed towards the synthesis of polymeric materials that possess microporosity that is intrinsic to their molecular structures. These polymers (PIMs) can exhibit analogous behaviour to that of conventional microporous materials, but, in addition, may be processed into convenient forms for use as membranes. The excellent performance of these membranes for gas separation and pervaporation illustrates the unique character of PIMs and suggests immediate technological applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2610-2620
Number of pages11
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Volume11
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 22 2005

Keywords

  • Gas separation
  • Membranes
  • Microporous materials
  • Phthalocyanines
  • Polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry

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