Porous Polymers
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This book gathers the various aspects of the porous polymer field into one volume. It not only presents a fundamental description of the field, but also describes the state of the art for such materials and provides a glimpse into the future. Emphasizing a different aspect of the ongoing research and development in porous polymers, the book is divided into three sections: Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications. The first part of each chapter presents the basic scientific and engineering principles underlying the topic, while the second part presents the state of the art results based on those principles. In this fashion, the book connects and integrates topics from seemingly disparate fields, each of which embodies different aspects inherent in the diverse field of porous polymeric materials.


MICHAEL S. SILVERSTEIN, DSc, is a Professor in the Department of Materials Engineering and the Chairman of the Interdepartmental Program in Polymer Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He is an editor of the Journal of Polymer Engineering and has organized several conferences on porous polymers.

NEIL R. CAMERON, PHD, is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Durham, UK. He has published over ninety articles, book chapters, reviews, and patents, and has given over ninety invited presentations at conferences, symposia, and colloquia.

MARC A. HILLMYER, PHD, is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota. He has published over 200 articles, organized numerous scientific symposia, and serves as an Associate Editor for the ACS journal Macromolecules.


Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

Contributors xi

Section I Synthesis 1

1. Polymers with Inherent Microporosity 3
Neil B. McKeown and Peter M. Budd

2. Porous Polymers from Self-Assembled Structures 31
Eric M. Todd and Marc A. Hillmyer

3. Porogen Incorporation and Phase Inversion 79
Lei Qian and Haifei Zhang

4. Colloidal Templating 119
Neil R. Cameron, Peter Krajnc, and Michael S. Silverstein

Section II Characterization 173

5. Surface Area and Porosity Characterization of Porous Polymers 175
Rolando M. A. Roque-Malherbe

6. Nondestructive Evaluation of Critical Properties of Thin Porous Films 205
Mikhail R. Baklanov and Denis Shamiryan

7. Microscopy Characterization of Porous Polymer Materials 247
Gregory Meyers, Anand Badami, Steve Rozeveld, Bob Cieslinski, Clifford Todd, Charlie Wood, Deborah Rothe, William Heeschen, and Gary Mitchell

Section III Applications 275

8. Separation Membranes 277
Mathias Ulbricht

9. Biomedical Devices 323
Yvonne Reinwald, Kevin Shakesheff, and Steven Howdle

10. High-Performance Microelectronics 359
Charles T. Black

11. Polymer-supported Reagents and Catalysts 387
Jonathan Behrendt and Andrew Sutherland

12. Templates for Porous Inorganics 435
Arne Thomas, Jens Weber, and Markus Antonietti

Index 447


“I strongly recommend this book and I got a lot from reading it—it is a “must have” for researchers working in this field, and for those who wish to learn more about it.” (Angewandte Chemie, 2012)

"Nevertheless, this book is certainly a very appealing and recent summary of relevant aspects on porous polymers and must consequently be regarded a must for everyone working in that area. I therefore recommend this book to chemists, physicists and materials chemists as well as to any librarian." (Materials Views ,13 April 2011)