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Molecular Mobility and Physical Aging of a Highly Permeable Glassy Polynorbornene as Revealed by Dielectric Spectroscopy

Molecular Mobility and Physical Aging of a Highly Permeable Glassy Polynorbornene as Revealed by Dielectric Spectroscopy
Martin Böhning, Pavel Chapala, Huajie Yin, Andreas Schönhals, Maxim Bermeshev
Polymeric membranes represent a cost- and energy-efficient solution for gas separation. Recently superglassy polymers with high free volume outperform many conventional dense polymers in terms of gas permeability and selectivity. However, such polymers are prone to pronounced physical aging, resulting in a dramatic reduction in the gas permeability. Molecular mobility of polymer segments plays an important role in the physical aging and the gas transport performance of polymeric membranes. Molecular mobility and physical aging of a representative superglassy polynorbornene with very high gas permeability, PTCNSi2g, was monitored by using dielectric spectroscopy with state-of-the-art high-resolution analyzers. This work helps to shed some light on the structure–property relationship of superglassy polymers on a molecular level and to provide practical “design rules” for the development of high performance polymers for gas separation.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsmacrolett.7b00456

DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.7b00456

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