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Issue 38, 2017
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Translocation across a self-healing block copolymer membrane

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Herein, a membrane prepared from the self-assembly of poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile)-b-poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile) micelles is found to exhibit translocation of nano-objects dispersed in aqueous solution. With the water flow as a driving force, temporary pores are created in between the micelles to facilitate the passage of nano-objects. These temporary pores close afterwards through a self-healing mechanism. As main results, polystyrene and silica nanoparticles exhibited a selective translocation directly influenced by their size and applied pressure.

Graphical abstract: Translocation across a self-healing block copolymer membrane

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The article was received on 29 Jun 2017, accepted on 08 Sep 2017 and first published on 08 Sep 2017

Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01284E
Citation: Soft Matter, 2017,13, 6689-6693

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    Translocation across a self-healing block copolymer membrane

    S. Nehache, P. Tyagi, M. Semsarilar, A. Deratani, T. N. T. Phan, D. Gigmes and D. Quemener, Soft Matter, 2017, 13, 6689
    DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01284E

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