SELFMEM

Self-Assembled Polymer Membranes

 Coordinatore HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM GEESTHACHT ZENTRUM FUR MATERIAL- UND KUSTENFORSCHUNG GMBH 

 Organization address address: Max-Planck-Strasse 1
city: GEESTHACHT
postcode: 21502

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Hans-Joerg
Cognome: Isemer
Email: send email
Telefono: +49 4152 871661
Fax: +49 4152 871730

 Nazionalità Coordinatore Germany [DE]
 Sito del progetto http://www.selfmem.eu
 Totale costo 5˙209˙773 €
 EC contributo 3˙599˙734 €
 Programma FP7-NMP
Specific Programme "Cooperation": Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies
 Code Call FP7-NMP-2008-SMALL-2
 Funding Scheme CP-FP
 Anno di inizio 2009
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2009-09-01   -   2012-08-31

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM GEESTHACHT ZENTRUM FUR MATERIAL- UND KUSTENFORSCHUNG GMBH

 Organization address address: Max-Planck-Strasse 1
city: GEESTHACHT
postcode: 21502

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Hans-Joerg
Cognome: Isemer
Email: send email
Telefono: +49 4152 871661
Fax: +49 4152 871730

DE (GEESTHACHT) coordinator 863˙940.00
2    CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT

 Organization address address: RUE JAQUET DROZ 1
city: NEUCHATEL
postcode: 2007

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Sandrine
Cognome: Rostaing
Email: send email
Telefono: 41327205089
Fax: 41327205740

CH (NEUCHATEL) participant 599˙902.00
3    TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

 Organization address address: TECHNION CITY - SENATE BUILDING
city: HAIFA
postcode: 32000

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Jack
Cognome: Lavan
Email: send email
Telefono: +972 4 8294854
Fax: +972 4 8292958

IL (HAIFA) participant 444˙818.00
4    UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

 Organization address address: Place De L'Universite 1
city: LOUVAIN LA NEUVE
postcode: 1348

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Jean-François
Cognome: Gohy
Email: send email
Telefono: +32 10 47 92 69

BE (LOUVAIN LA NEUVE) participant 278˙200.00
5    PALL EUROPE LIMITED

 Organization address address: HAVANT STREET EUROPA HOUSE
city: PORTSMOUTH
postcode: PO1 3PD

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Peter
Cognome: Levison
Email: send email
Telefono: +44 2392 303532
Fax: +44 2392 303554

UK (PORTSMOUTH) participant 273˙768.00
6    UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS

 Organization address address: KALLIPOLEOS STREET 75
city: NICOSIA
postcode: 1678

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Costas S.
Cognome: Patrickios
Email: send email
Telefono: +357 22892768
Fax: +357 22894472

CY (NICOSIA) participant 273˙516.00
7    UNIVERSITAET BAYREUTH

 Organization address address: Universitaetsstrasse 30
city: BAYREUTH
postcode: 95447

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Marcus
Cognome: Urban
Email: send email
Telefono: +49 921 555351
Fax: +49 921 55845351

DE (BAYREUTH) participant 272˙000.00
8    RHENOVIA PHARMA

 Organization address address: RUE MARC SEGUIN 40
city: MULHOUSE
postcode: 68100

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Florian
Cognome: George
Email: send email
Telefono: +33 3 89 32 76 84
Fax: +33 3 89 32 76 31

FR (MULHOUSE) participant 234˙350.00
9    CULGI BV

 Organization address address: GALILEIWEG 8
city: LEIDEN
postcode: 2333 BD

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Johannes G.E.M.
Cognome: Fraaije
Email: send email
Telefono: +31 615649608
Fax: +31 71527439

NL (LEIDEN) participant 207˙600.00
10    L'AIR LIQUIDE S.A

 Organization address address: Quai d'Orsay 75
city: PARIS 07
postcode: 75007

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Vincent
Cognome: Kowalczyk
Email: send email
Telefono: +33 1 39076284
Fax: +33 1 39076480

FR (PARIS 07) participant 97˙100.00
11    A.N. NESMEYANOV INSTITUTE OF ORGANOELEMENT COMPOUNDS OF RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

 Organization address address: VAVILOVA STREET 28
city: MOSCOW
postcode: 119991

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Alexei R.
Cognome: Khokhlov
Email: send email
Telefono: +7 495 939 10 13
Fax: +7 495 939 29 88

RU (MOSCOW) participant 54˙540.00
12    PALL MANUFACTURING UK LIMITED

 Organization address address: HAVANT STREET EUROPA HOUSE
city: PORTSMOUTH
postcode: PO1 3PD

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Peter
Cognome: Levison
Email: send email
Telefono: +44 2392 303532
Fax: +44 2392 303554

UK (PORTSMOUTH) participant 0.00
13    Queen's University at Kingston

 Organization address address: University Avenue 99
city: Kingston
postcode: K7L 3N6

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Susan
Cognome: Wood
Email: send email
Telefono: +1 613 533 6081
Fax: +1 613 5336806

CA (Kingston) participant 0.00
14    UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG

 Organization address address: EDMUND-SIEMERS-ALLEE 1
city: HAMBURG
postcode: 20146

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Sabine
Cognome: Gonska
Email: send email
Telefono: -45982
Fax: -45721

DE (HAMBURG) participant 0.00

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 Obiettivo del progetto (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.'

Introduzione (Teaser)

Synthetic block copolymers often form regular suprastructures by self-assembly as a result of inherent repulsive forces. Scientists exploited this property to develop very thin membranes for gas and liquid separation.

Descrizione progetto (Article)

Separating components in liquids and gases is an important process in a number of fields, including the environmental sciences, medicine, biotechnology and synthetic chemistry. One way to do it is to use a polymer membrane with structured pores and surface chemistry specifically adapted to the task of interest. Certain components pass through and others do not.

The focus of the EU-funded project 'Self-assembled polymer membranes' (Selfmem) was to develop novel ultra-thin isoporous membranes with controlled nanostructure based on block copolymer self-assembly. In addition, researchers sought to impose additional functionalities by chemical post-treatment. Applications of interest were water purification, separation of proteins and gases (hydrogen/carbon dioxide) as well as water purification.

Self-assembly is an important process by which various molecular and atomic forces of attraction and repulsion cause the formation of suprastructures. Naturally occurring, self-assembled structures include the lipid bilayer cell membrane, DNA and three-dimensional (3D) protein conformations. Selfmem exploited the novel membranes possible via guided self-assembly of synthetic block copolymers from solution into thin films and on top of different inorganic substrates as templates for selective etching of pores.

Scientists synthesised both organic (polymeric) and inorganic (silicon-based) ultra-thin membranes (nanoporous silicon membranes (NSiMs)) of controlled and dense porosity and thickness in the nanometre range using self-assembly of block copolymers. The organic membranes are ductile whereas the inorganic membranes are stable under conditions of high temperatures and pressures. Membranes demonstrated very promising filtration properties and post-processing functionalisations opened the door to numerous applications.

Micro- and nanofabrication techniques for wafer-scale production of NSiMs were optimised and up-scaled. In addition, NSiMs were integrated into functional fluidic and filtration modules for application to (bio)molecules separation, ultrafiltration or sensing.

Complementary investigations were spawned regarding the potential of isoporous membranes in nanotoxicology, drug delivery and diagnostics and the submission of four patents. Results enabled publication of numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to the work of six doctoral theses.

Selfmem made a significant contribution to understanding and characterisation of nanoporous membranes produced by self-assembly of block copolymers. Uptake by research and industry and continued development will no doubt strengthen the EU position in strategic markets, such as water treatment, molecular biology, and gas purification.

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