Polymer membranes with exceptional performance and stability

Zachary Smith with Mason Wu, Timothy Swager, Sharon Lin & Francesco Benedetti

The development of polymeric materials for commercial membrane-based gas separations has stagnated for a quarter of a century. This project is developing an approach to make processable polymers featuring a flexible backbone connected to tunable, rigid, pore-generating side chains. With record stabilities under aggressive feeds, these polymers are a promising platform of materials to replace current gas-separation membranes.

See Francesco Benedetti present their project at IdeaStream 2020 below.