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

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Funding Information:
The authors are grateful to Professor Richard D. Noble for help in the polyisoprene permeability experiments. Nancy K. Lape held a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This work was largely supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (grant F49620-01-1-0333). Other support came from the Department of Energy (grant DE-FG07-02ER63509), the Petroleum Research Fund (grant 39083-AC9), the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the National Science Foundation (grant CTS 0322882).


  • Barrier films
  • Permeability
  • Triblock copolymer


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