Polyacrylamide hydrogel membranes with controlled pore sizes

Valade, David, Wong, Lawrence K., Jeon, Yujung, Jia, Zhongfan and Monteiro, Michael J. (2013) Polyacrylamide hydrogel membranes with controlled pore sizes. Journal of Polymer Science Part A-Polymer Chemistry, 51 1: 129-138. doi:10.1002/pola.26311

Author Valade, David
Wong, Lawrence K.
Jeon, Yujung
Jia, Zhongfan
Monteiro, Michael J.
Title Polyacrylamide hydrogel membranes with controlled pore sizes
Journal name Journal of Polymer Science Part A-Polymer Chemistry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0887-624X
Publication date 2013-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/pola.26311
Volume 51
Issue 1
Start page 129
End page 138
Total pages 10
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
We developed a method to characterize polymer-supported polyacrylamide crosslinked hydrogel networks using a range of well-defined poly(N, N-dimethylacrylamide)-coated gold nanoparticles with diameters ranging from 3 to 48 nm under ultrafiltration conditions of 16 bar. The membranes resulted in permeabilities ranging between 0.199 and 6.343 × 10-18 m 2. There was a direct correlation between the size exclusion and the permeability rate coefficient, km; the higher the km value the larger the average pore size. Our results further demonstrate that the gold nanoparticles could be trapped within the membrane at the end of a cul-de-sacs found within the gel network, which often leads to membrane fouling. We believe that this method of using gold nanoparticles to characterize crosslinked membranes provides insight into the gel network, and will provide a unique tool to analyze new membranes.
Keyword Crosslinking
Gold nanoparticle
Hydrogel membrane
Radical polymerization
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 17 August 2012.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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