Functional membranes based on amphiphilic polymer co-networks

Ulrich, Sebastian and Boesel, Luciano F. and Bruns, Nico; Patrickios, Costas S., ed. (2020) Functional membranes based on amphiphilic polymer co-networks. In: Amphiphilic Polymer Co-networks. Polymer Chemistry Series . Royal Society of Chemistry, London, pp. 331-363. ISBN 978-1-78801-576-9 (

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This chapter presents amphiphilic polymer co-networks (APCNs) fabricated as functional membranes and will illustrate related applications. First, the structural features of APCNs rendering them ideal membrane materials will be described. Applications as membranes with a functional performance that is directly based on these structural features are presented. Next, the preparation of co-network membranes based on stimuli-responsive polymers and their potential for smart membrane systems are detailed. Finally, the functionalisation of co-network membranes with stimuli-responsive units such as organic photochromes and applications as light-responsive or even multi stimuli-responsive drug delivery membranes are described.