This work reports the preparation and testing of porous beds made from packed vinylated silica microparticles (SiMPs) grafted with thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) and exhibiting on demand thermally triggered permeability. PNIPAM-grafted hybrid SiMPs with diameters of 1.40–1.55 µm were synthesized and characterized with Attenuated Total Reflection Fourier Transform Infrared Spetroscopy (ATR-FTIR), Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), Flow Particle Image Analysis (FPIA) and Scannning Electron Miscroscopy (SEM) to elucidate their composition and morphology. The PNIPAM-grafted SiMPs were used to prepare thermoresponsive beds of dimensions 1×0.5×0.5 cm inside filtration tubes. The thermo-regulated permeability of solutions of selected model compounds, namely caffeine, ketoprofen, orange II, bromocresol green and cresol red across the hybrid beds was tested by calculating the retention percentage of the model compounds at temperatures below and above the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of PNIPAM. The results showed a clear control over the permeability of the packed hybrid beds mediated by external temperature changes. This control was achieved by virtue of the switchable nanovalves created by the thermoresponsive PNIPAM present in the inter-par-ticle voids of the packed beds.

Thermally triggered on demand permeability of hybrid silica beds made of packed thermoresponsive organo-silica microparticles

Jadhav S. A.;Scalarone D.
2019

Abstract

This work reports the preparation and testing of porous beds made from packed vinylated silica microparticles (SiMPs) grafted with thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) and exhibiting on demand thermally triggered permeability. PNIPAM-grafted hybrid SiMPs with diameters of 1.40–1.55 µm were synthesized and characterized with Attenuated Total Reflection Fourier Transform Infrared Spetroscopy (ATR-FTIR), Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), Flow Particle Image Analysis (FPIA) and Scannning Electron Miscroscopy (SEM) to elucidate their composition and morphology. The PNIPAM-grafted SiMPs were used to prepare thermoresponsive beds of dimensions 1×0.5×0.5 cm inside filtration tubes. The thermo-regulated permeability of solutions of selected model compounds, namely caffeine, ketoprofen, orange II, bromocresol green and cresol red across the hybrid beds was tested by calculating the retention percentage of the model compounds at temperatures below and above the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of PNIPAM. The results showed a clear control over the permeability of the packed hybrid beds mediated by external temperature changes. This control was achieved by virtue of the switchable nanovalves created by the thermoresponsive PNIPAM present in the inter-par-ticle voids of the packed beds.
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Hybrid thermoresponsive silica; Polymer grafting; Silica microparticles; Smart polymer; Thermo-regulated permeability
Jadhav S.A.; Spalletta V.; Scalarone D.
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