Advances in Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity (PIMs)-Based Materials for Membrane, Environmental, Catalysis, Sensing and Energy Applications

Fuat Topuz, Mohamed H. Abdellah, Peter M. Budd, Mahmoud A. Abdulhamid*

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Polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs), with an interconnected microporous network, high surface area, and structural diversity, have attracted great interest in developing diverse materials for various applications in the fields of environmental remediation, gas and liquid separation, sensors, and energy. Solution-processable PIMs can be transformed into various robust functional materials, including films, membranes, coatings, and fibers, that can be applied to address different industrial challenges. Since the first PIM synthesis, great strides have been made in expanding the structural diversity of PIMs by designing fine-tuned PIMs for various applications. This review provides a general overview of PIMs, from their synthesis to their involvement in state-of-the-art applications such as water and air filtration, gas and liquid separation, catalysis, sensing, and energy applications, during the last decade. Several PIMs have exhibited outstanding performance in oil adsorption, gas separation, and catalysis. In this context, PIMs’ functionality and porosity are key parameters that must be controlled to tailor PIMs for broader applications. Overall, this review provides a comprehensive overview of PIMs from chemistry to applications and highlights the challenges and prospects of the next generation of PIM-based functional materials that will open new avenues for adsorption, gas separation, and filtration applications.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPolymer Reviews
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

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  • Polymer of intrinsic microporosity (PIM)
  • electrospinning
  • gas separation
  • organic solvent nanofiltration (OSN)
  • pervaporation
  • porous polymers
  • water treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Chemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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