Polymers of intrinsic microporosity derived from novel disulfone-based monomers

Naiying Du, Gilles P. Robertson, Ingo Pinnau, Michael D. Guiver

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The synthesis of three novel disulfone-based monomers from readily available hexafluor-obenzene and thiols for the preparation of homopolymers and copolymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs) is described. The disulfonyl-based PIMs derived from 5,5′,6,6′-tetrahydroxy-3,3,3′,3′- tetramethylspirobisin-dane (TTSBI) with tetrafluoroterephthalonitrile (TFTPN) and disulfone-based monomers were prepared at high temperature (160 °C) within 1 h. Three new copolymers (monomer molar ratio of TTSBI and disulf one-based monomers = 3:1) show a good combination of properties, such as excellent film-forming characteristics and gas transport properties. Compared with a previously reported microporous nitrile-based homopolymer, referred to as PIM-1, the present sulfone-based copolymers have higher gas selectivities for O 2/N 2 and CO 2/N 2, while showing some reduction in pure-gas permeabilities. The relationship between the structure and gas permeation behavior of the copolymers is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6023-6030
Number of pages8
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 25 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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