Polymer Engineering Faculty Research

An ordered nanoporous monolith from an elastomeric crosslinked block copolymer precursor

Kevin Cavicchi, The University of Akron


An ordered nanoporous monolith was prepared from a poly(isoprene-b-dimethylsiloxane) (PI-PDMS) hexagonally packed cylinder precursor. The PDMS cylinders were macroscopically aligned, the PI was crosslinked with dicumyl peroxide, and the PDMS was removed using tetrabutylammonium fluoride. The stability of the pores depended on the modulus of the matrix. At high crosslink density the pores were stable, but they collapsed at a low crosslink density. The nanoporous materials could be swollen in toluene.