Special Issue "Fabrication of Membranes for Advanced Application in Industry, Energy, Medicine, and Environments"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Polymer Membranes and Films".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 July 2023) | Viewed by 234

Special Issue Editor

Laboratory for Radiation and Polymer Science, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, A. J. Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-2115, USA
Interests: polymers; biomaterials; radiation engineering; nuclear engineering; environmental effects
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Polymer-based membranes have been synthesized to meet the fast and growing demands from advanced technologies such as fuel cell membranes, electronics, extraction of precious elements form various media and spent nuclear fuel, catalysts, medicine, environmental remediation, extraction of CO2 from the atmosphere, and others. Based on applications, various advanced methods have been developed to synthesize polymer-based membranes with various covalently bonded functional groups. Grafting and covertly attaching various groups onto polymer substrates, functionalizing the backbone of the chains, and forming nanotunnels and nanopores in the bulk of the polymer substrates are the basic approaches to fabricate various membranes.  These fabrication methods are becoming essential in advanced technologies.

Graft polymerization methods are based on initiation-free radical polymerization reactions on the backbone of polymer substrates, leading in many cases to brush-like structures and/or uniform grafting through the bulk of substrates. Ionizing radiation UV, Fenton reactions, sonolysis, and other methods are used to initiate the formation of free radicals from monomers and polymers, which initiate the graft polymerization reactions. Other important methods are the use of high-energy-heavy ions to induce the formation of nanotunnels and nanopores. 

In addition, numerous advanced chemical methods are being used to synthesize nanocomposite membranes for advanced imaging and nanomagnetic technologies. Further, natural and synthetic polymers are being used to fabricate hollow fiber membranes with hierarchical pores for separation.

Prof. Dr. Mohamad Al-Sheikhly
Guest Editor

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  • polymeric membrane
  • nanocomposite membranes
  • hollow fiber membranes
  • membrane formation

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