Gas permeation of fullerene-dispersed poly(1-trimethylsilyl-1-propyne) membranes

Akon Higuchi, Tomoya Yoshida, Takeshi Imizu, Keishin Mizocuchi, Zhenjie He, Ingo Pinnau, Kazukiyo Nagai, Benny D. Freeman

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Homogeneously fullerene-dispersed membranes were prepared under the conditions in which a 10 wt% poly(1-trimethylsilyl-1-propyne) solution containing 0.5 wt% fullerene was dried under a reduced pressure of 50 cmHg at 100°C. UV-vis spectra and microscopic observations of the fullerene membranes indicated that the fullerene was homogeneously dispersed in the membranes. The permeability coefficients of 1-butene were found to be higher than those of n-butane in the fullerene membranes, although the permeability coefficients of olefin gases were nearly equal to those of paraffin gases having the same number of carbon in poly(1-trimethylsilyl-1-propyne) membranes containing no fullerene. Pressure dependence of permeability coefficients was clearly observed for the permeation of carbon dioxide, ethylene, ethane, 1-butene, and n-butane through the fullerene membranes, while no significant dependence was found for poly(1-trimethylsilyl-1-propyne) membranes except for the permeation of 1-butene and n-butane. The pressure dependence of the permeability was explained by the dual-mode sorption model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1749-1755
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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