Authors Sagidullin, A ; Meier-Haack, J. ; Scheler, U.
Title Molecular mobility and transport in polymer membranes and polyelectrolyte multilayers
Date 22.05.2007
Number 14396
Abstract Polyelectrolyte multilayers prepared by the layer-by-layer technique provide an efficient way to generate planar structures of tailored surface charge and hydrophobicity, which are used as membranes for pervaporation. The use of polyelectrolyte multilayers to form the membrane permits tailoring the surface charge of the membrane and, thus, selectivity; at the same time, it reduces fouling of the membrane by adsorption of organic matter. Pulsed field gradient (PFG) nuclear magnetic resonance has been used to investigate the diffusion of probe molecules into polymer systems. Evaluation of the apparent diffusion coefficient in porous poly(amide) results in a pore size of 4 µm, as found in electron micrographs. For the pore size obtained for polyelectrolyte multilayers, no equivalent pores could be found in microscopy. Propagators for the diffusion of propanol and propanol–water mixture into multilayers reveal that there might be selective interaction of probe molecules with the polyelectrolyte system.
Publisher Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Citation Magnetic Resonance Imaging 25 (2007) 541-543

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