Organic microporous materials made by bicontinuous microemulsion polymerization

J. H. Burban, Mengtao He, E. L. Cussler

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Microporous solids made by polymerizing the organic phase of bicontinuous microemulsions stabilized with didodecyldimethylammonium bromide show surface areas as high as 70 m2/g. Small‐angle X‐ray scattering measurements on microporous copolymers containing polymethylmethacrylate show that these areas result from structures larger than 250 Å that are generated during polymerization. These X‐rays measurements also show that the 17‐Å structures characteristics of the original microemulsion are retained during polymerization, but destroyed when the detergent is extracted and the solid is dried.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)907-914
Number of pages8
JournalAIChE Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1995


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