11-12 February 2016 | Edinburgh
Speaker: Neil McKeown, University of Edinburgh
Time: 14:45 - 15:15
Location: St Trinnean's Room

Abstract: Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity (PIMs) combine the desirable processability of polymers with a significant degree of microporosity generated from the inefficient packing of their rigid and contorted macromolecular structures. They are attracting attention for a number of applications including the fabrication of optical sensors and as membrane materials for gas separations and organic solvent nanofiltration. This talk will describe our latest work on synthesis of novel PIMs using efficient dibenzodioxin-based polymerisations, the method used for the synthesis of the archetypal PIM-1, classic polyimide chemistry or using a novel polymerisation reaction based on Tröger¹s base formation. In particular, we will focus on the design, synthesis and gas permeability of PIMs with exceptionally rigid polymeric structures. In addition to very high permeability, some of these polymers demonstrate improved gas selectivity due to their enhanced performance as molecular sieves.