Barrier membranes of self-assembled lamellar poly(lactide-isoprene-lactide) triblock copolymers

Nancy K. Lape, Huiming Mao, Dean Camper, Marc A. Hillmyer, E. L. Cussler

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Permeation across thin films can be retarded when the films contain aligned flakes of a less permeable material, but aligning these flakes can be difficult. In this research, we measure transport across less permeable flakes which self-assemble from a triblock copolymer. Elasticity is most influenced by an isoprene block but permeability is dominated by a lactide block. The permeability of this lamellar composite for helium, oxygen, and nitrogen is about 20% smaller than that expected from estimates based on resistances in series, implying good alignment. However, the permeability of the triblock is still around 10-7 cm2/s, so that better barriers will require different polymers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Membrane Science
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Aug 15 2005


  • Barrier films
  • Permeability
  • Triblock copolymer

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