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Highly Permeable Macroporous Polymers Synthesized from Pickering Medium and High Internal Phase Emulsion Templates

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  • Vivian O. Ikem,

    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, Polymer & Composite Engineering (PaCE) Group, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London, SW7 2AZ (UK)
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  • Angelika Menner,

    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, Polymer & Composite Engineering (PaCE) Group, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London, SW7 2AZ (UK)
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  • Tommy S. Horozov,

    1. Surfactant & Colloid Group, Department of Chemistry, University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX (UK)
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  • Alexander Bismarck

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    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, Polymer & Composite Engineering (PaCE) Group, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London, SW7 2AZ (UK)
    • Department of Chemical Engineering, Polymer & Composite Engineering (PaCE) Group, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London, SW7 2AZ (UK).
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Abstract

Open porous poly-Pickering-M/HIPEs with permeabilities of up to 2.6 D were prepared by polymerisation of Pickering-M/HIPEs to which small amounts of surfactant were added. The permeability of these poly-Pickering-M/HIPEs is more than 5 times that of conventional polyHIPEs. This approach allows the synthesis of a novel class of permeable particle reinforced macroporous polymers with significant potential for practical exploitation.

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