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Fabrication and in situ functionalisation of mesoporous silica films by the physical entrapment of functional and responsive block copolymer structuring agents

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Abstract

Stimuli-responsive mesoporous silica films were prepared by evaporation-induced self-assembly through the physical entrapment of a functional block copolymer structuring agent, which simultaneously serves to functionalise the mesopore. These polymer–silica hybrid materials exhibit remarkable ionic permselectivity under highly filled conditions, and offer the potential for local polymer functionalisation for enhanced and tunable ionic permselectivity. This innovative and simple approach for the in situ functionalisation of mesoporous silica has the potential to improve how we approach the design of complex architectures at the nanoscale for enhanced transport, and is thus relevant for a variety of technologies based on molecular transport in nanoscale pores including separation, sensing, catalysis, and energy conversion.

Graphical abstract: Fabrication and in situ functionalisation of mesoporous silica films by the physical entrapment of functional and responsive block copolymer structuring agents

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The article was received on 30 Apr 2019, accepted on 25 Sep 2019 and first published on 04 Oct 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C9SM00872A
Soft Matter, 2019, Advance Article

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    Fabrication and in situ functionalisation of mesoporous silica films by the physical entrapment of functional and responsive block copolymer structuring agents

    J. C. Tom, C. Appel and A. Andrieu-Brunsen, Soft Matter, 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9SM00872A

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