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

Neil B. McKeown, Peter M. Budd, Kadhum J. Msayib, Bader S. 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. © 2005 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbG & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2610-2620
    Number of pages10
    JournalChemistry - A European Journal
    Volume11
    Issue number9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2005

    Keywords

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

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