Ultrathin Single Bilayer Separation Membranes Based on Hyperbranched Sulfonated Poly(aryleneoxindole)

Nithya Joseph, Joice Thomas, Pejman Ahmadiannamini, Hans Van Gorp, Roy Bernstein, Steven De Feyter, Mario Smet, Wim Dehaen, Richard Hoogenboom, Ivo F.J. Vankelecom

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The layer-by-layer method is an attractive technique for the fabrication of ultrathin nanostructured polyelectrolyte multilayer membranes (PEMM). A simple two-step procedure is described here for the preparation of an ultrathin, nanostructured membrane comprising a 5–7 nm thick selective layer, consisting only of one single bilayer of poly(diallyldimethylammoniumchloride) and hyperbranched sulfonated poly(aryleneoxindole). These single bilayered membranes exhibit an outstanding solvent-resistant nanofiltration performance, which is superior to that of commercial membranes as well as to previously reported multilayer membranes having 10–20 bilayers. A comparative study between hyperbranched polyelectrolyte (HPE) and linear polyelectrolyte supports the role of the specific 3D structure of the hyperbranched polyelectrolyte in these excellent separation properties. The work thus encompasses the use of HPEs as an ideal choice for PEMMs, which opens up a new route to significantly decrease the overall membrane preparation time while realizing excellent filtration properties.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number1605068
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number9
StatePublished - 3 Mar 2017


  • hyperbranched polymers
  • layer-by-layer methods
  • nanostructures
  • self-assembly
  • thin films

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Electrochemistry
  • Biomaterials


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