Bicontinuous Ion-Exchange Materials through Polymerization-Induced Microphase Separation

David J. Goldfeld, Eric S. Silver, José M. Valdez, Marc A. Hillmyer

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Polymerization-induced microphase separation has been used to prepare solid cross-linked monoliths containing bicontinuous and nanostructured polymer domains. We use this process to fabricate a monolith containing either a negatively or positively charged polyelectrolyte domain inside of the neutral styrene/divinylbenzene-derived matrix. First, the materials are made with a neutral pre-ionic polymer containing masked charged groups. The monoliths are then functionalized to a charged state by treatment with trimethylamine; small-angle X-ray scattering shows no significant morphological change in the microphase-separated structure upon postpolymerization modification. By exchanging dyes with the counterions in the material, we corroborated the continuity of the charged domains. Using ion-exchange capacity measurements, we estimate the number of accessible charges within the material based on macro-chain transfer agent molar mass and loading.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-64
Number of pages5
JournalACS Macro Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 15 2020

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The authors acknowledge the National Science Foundation for financial support of this work (DMR-2003454).

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Parts of this work were carried out in the Characterization Facility, University of Minnesota, which receives partial funding support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the MRSEC program.

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