Fine Tuning Hydrophobicity of Counter-Anions to Tailor Pore Size in Porous All-Poly(ionic liquid) Membranes

15 Jan 2019  ·  Jiang Zhiping, Liu Yu-ping, Shao Yue, Zhao Peng, Yuan Jiayin, Wang Hong ·

Charged porous polymer membranes (CPMs) emerging as a multifunctional platform for diverse applications in chemistry, materials science, and biomedicine have been attracting widespread attention. Fabrication of CPMs in a controllable manner is of particular significance for optimizing their function and maximizing practical values... Herein, we report the fabrication of CPMs exclusively from poly(ionic liquid)s (PILs), and their pore size and wettability were precisely tailored by rational choice of the counteranions. Specifically, stepwise subtle increase in hydrophobicity of the counteranions by extending the length of fluorinated alkyl substituents, i.e. from bis(trifluoromethane sulfonyl)imide (Tf2N) to bis(pentafluoroethane sulfonyl)imide (Pf2N) and bis(heptafluoropropane sulfonyl)imide (Hf2N), decreases the average pore size gradually from 1546 nm to 157 nm and 77 nm, respectively. Meanwhile, their corresponding water contact angles increased from 90 degree to 102 degree and 120o. The exquisite control over the porous architectures and surface wettability of CPMs by systematic variation of the anion's hydrophobicity provides a solid proof of the impact of the PIL anions on CPMs' structure. read more

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