Flexible Ionic Conjugated Microporous Polymer Membranes for Fast and Selective Ion Transport
Nuaimi, Reham Al
KAUST DepartmentAdvanced Membranes and Porous Materials Research Center
Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE) Division
Chemical Engineering Program
Chemical Engineering Program Division of Physical Science and Engineering King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Thuwal 23955-6900 Saudi Arabia.
Environmental Science and Engineering
KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
Material Science and Engineering Program
Physical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division
KAUST Grant NumberBAS/1/1375-01
Online Publication Date2021-10-27
Print Publication Date2022-02
Embargo End Date2022-10-27
Permanent link to this recordhttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/673019
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AbstractMembranes with fast and selective ion transport have great potential for use in water- and energy-related applications. The structure and material design of the membranes play a key role in improving their performance. Conjugated microporous polymers (CMPs) as emerging membrane materials have shown uniform pore size, high surface area, and excellent chemical stability, but their mechanical properties are poor due to their brittleness. Herein, a flexible ionic CMP membrane with precisely tailored pore architecture and chemistry prepared by a coelectropolymerization (COEP) strategy is reported. The structure contains rigid monomers to maintain structural uniformity and flexible and charged monomers to enhance mechanical flexibility and improve ion selectivity by combining precise size sieving and Donnan effect. The resulting 40 nm thick CMP membranes show equivalent ion conductance compared to the commercial Nafion 117 membrane, but an order of magnitude higher ion selectivity for ion systems such as K+/Mg2+ and Li+/Mg2+.
CitationZhou, Z., Shinde, D. B., Guo, D., Cao, L., Nuaimi, R. A., Zhang, Y., … Lai, Z. (2021). Flexible Ionic Conjugated Microporous Polymer Membranes for Fast and Selective Ion Transport. Advanced Functional Materials, 2108672. doi:10.1002/adfm.202108672
SponsorsThe project was supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) under the competitive research grants URF/1/3769-01 and BAS/1/1375-01.
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials