Hybrid organic-inorganic membranes on porous supports by size exclusion and thermal sintering of fluorescent polyphenylsilsesquioxane nanoparticles

Zhe Li, Stephanie Tolbert, Douglas A. Loy

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Hybrid organic-inorganic membranes were prepared by size-exclusion deposition and thermal sintering of fluorescent polyphenylsilsesquioxane nanoparticles on a ceramic support. Fluorescent polyphenylsilsesquioxane particles were prepared by a two-step co-polymerization of phenyltriethoxysilane with 0.1 mol-% N-(triethoxysilylpropyl)dansylamide. Because they were larger than the pores in the support, the particles formed a layer on top of the ceramic support that was sintered at 300 °C into a homogeneous, non-porous membrane. Fluorescence of the modified polyphenylsilsesquioxane provided a valuable tool to monitor particle deposition and assist in characterization of the membranes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)715-721
Number of pages7
JournalMacromolecular Materials and Engineering
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013



  • fluorescence
  • membrane
  • phenylsilsesquioxane
  • sintering
  • size exclusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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