Mesoporous membrane templated by a polymeric bicontinuous microemulsion

Nano Lett. 2006 Oct;6(10):2354-7. doi: 10.1021/nl061765t.


We demonstrate a facile method for preparing a novel nanoporous material with an isotropic, three-dimensionally continuous pore structure from a polymeric bicontinuous microemulsion precursor, which consists of two immiscible homopolymers and the corresponding diblock copolymer. The protocol for the generation of nanopores is selective cross-linking of one domain with the subsequent removal of the other domain by solvent dissolution.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Crystallization / methods*
  • Emulsions
  • Macromolecular Substances
  • Materials Testing
  • Membranes, Artificial*
  • Molecular Conformation
  • Nanostructures / chemistry*
  • Nanostructures / ultrastructure*
  • Nanotechnology / methods*
  • Particle Size
  • Polymers / chemistry*
  • Porosity
  • Surface Properties


  • Emulsions
  • Macromolecular Substances
  • Membranes, Artificial
  • Polymers