Aging and carbon dioxide plasticization of thin polyetherimide films

Jianzhong Xia, Tai Shung Chung, Pei Li, Norman R. Horn, D. R. Paul*

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Industrial gas separation membranes have selective dense layers with thicknesses around 100 nm. It has long been assumed that these thin layers have the same properties as thick (bulk) films. However, recent research has shown that thin films with such thickness experience accelerated physical aging relative to bulk films and, thus, their permeation properties can differ significantly from the bulk. Thin films made from Extem® XH 1015, a new commercial polyetherimide, have been investigated by monitoring their gas permeability. The permeability of the thin films is originally greater than the thick films but eventually decreases well below the permeability of the thick film. The CO2 plasticization of Extem thin films is explored using a series of exposure protocols that indicate CO2 plasticization is a function of film thickness, aging time, exposure time, pressure and prior history.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2099-2108
Number of pages10
Issue number10
StatePublished - Apr 25 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Gas permeation
  • Physical aging
  • Polyetherimide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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