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Self-Assembled Polymer Membranes

Objective

The aim of SELFMEM is to develop innovation in the field of nanoporous membranes. This will be achieved by taking advantage of the self-assembly properties of block copolymers leading to highly porous membranes with adjustable, regular-sized pores of tailored functionalities. Both polymeric and inorganic (silicon) membranes will be developed. In the case of isoporous polymeric membranes focus will be laid on the formation of integral-asymmetric block copolymer membranes with an isoporous top layer as a function of the block copolymer structure and the preparation conditions. Isoporous inorganic membranes will be prepared by using a thin block copolymer film as a mask for selective etching. The possibilities to systematically vary the pore size and density by varying the block copolymer mask structure will be investigated. The block copolymers will be synthesized by controlled polymerisation techniques (anionic, group transfer, and different radical polymerisations), depending on the chosen monomers. The characterisation during and after formation of the membranes will be carried out by light and various x-ray scattering techniques, by scanning force microscopy, and by different electron microscopic techniques. Both types of membranes will be post-functionalized in order to tune their final properties. The membranes will be tested for their applicability in different areas. Separation of gases (like H2/CO2) and proteins as well as water purification will be addressed in this project. Modeling and theory will support the understanding of the structure formation of these membranes and help to optimise membrane design. The results of SELFMEM will increase European competitiveness in strategic markets such as gas purification, water treatment and molecular biology. The consortium consists of 12 partners from 10 countries, including 4 companies from 3 countries.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/molecular biology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2008-SMALL-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM GEESTHACHT ZENTRUM FUR MATERIAL- UND KUSTENFORSCHUNGGMBH
Address
Max Planck Strasse 1
21502 Geesthacht
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 863 940
Administrative Contact
Hans-Joerg Isemer (Dr.)

Participants (13)

TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 444 818
Address
Senate Building Technion City
32000 Haifa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jack Lavan (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 278 200
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jean-François Gohy (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG

Participation ended

Germany
Address
Mittelweg 177
20148 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sabine Gonska (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 273 516
Address
Kallipoleos Street 75
1678 Nicosia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Costas S. Patrickios (Prof.)
CULGI BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 207 600
Address
Galileiweg 8
2333 BD Leiden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Johannes G.E.M. Fraaije (Prof.)
CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 599 902
Address
Rue Jaquet Droz 1
2000 Neuchatel
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sandrine Rostaing (Ms.)
L AIR LIQUIDE SA
France
EU contribution
€ 97 100
Address
Quai D Orsay 75
75007 Paris 07
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vincent Kowalczyk (Mr.)
Queen's University at Kingston
Canada
Address
University Avenue 99
K7L 3N6 Kingston
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Susan Wood (Dr.)
RHENOVIA PHARMA
France
EU contribution
€ 234 350
Address
Rue Marc Seguin 40
68100 Mulhouse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Florian George (Dr.)
PALL MANUFACTURING UK LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Havant Street Europa House
PO1 3PD Portsmouth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Levison (Dr.)
A.N. NESMEYANOV INSTITUTE OF ORGANOELEMENT COMPOUNDS OF RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Russia
EU contribution
€ 54 540
Address
Ul Vavilova 28
119991 Moskva
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alexei R. Khokhlov (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAT BAYREUTH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 272 000
Address
Universitatsstrasse 30
95447 Bayreuth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marcus Urban (Mr.)
PALL EUROPE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 768
Address
5 Harbourgate Business Park Southampton Road
PO6 4BQ Portsmouth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Levison (Dr.)