CORDIS
EU research results

CORDIS

English EN

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.
Leaflet | Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, Credit: EC-GISCO, © EuroGeographics for the administrative boundaries

Coordinator

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM GEESTHACHT ZENTRUM FUR MATERIAL- UND KUSTENFORSCHUNG GMBH

Address

Max Planck Strasse 1
21502 Geesthacht

Germany

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 863 940

Administrative Contact

Hans-Joerg Isemer (Dr.)

Participants (13)

Sort alphabetically

Sort by EU Contribution

Expand all

TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 444 818

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 278 200

UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 273 516

CULGI BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 207 600

CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 599 902

L AIR LIQUIDE SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 97 100

Queen's University at Kingston

Canada

RHENOVIA PHARMA

France

EU Contribution

€ 234 350

PALL MANUFACTURING UK LIMITED

United Kingdom

A.N. NESMEYANOV INSTITUTE OF ORGANOELEMENT COMPOUNDS OF RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 54 540

UNIVERSITAET BAYREUTH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 272 000

PALL EUROPE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 273 768

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 228652

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2009

  • End date

    31 August 2012

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 209 773,99

  • EU contribution

    € 3 599 734

Coordinated by:

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM GEESTHACHT ZENTRUM FUR MATERIAL- UND KUSTENFORSCHUNG GMBH

Germany