Fabrication of a porous polyimide membrane using a silicon nanowire array as a template

Woong Kim, Myung Ki Lee

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We demonstrate that a porous polyimide membrane can be fabricated by curing liquid polyimide on a vertically oriented silicon nanowire array and selectively etching away the nanowire-array-template using xenon difluoride (XeF2). Pore size and density using the described technique are controllable. The former is dependent on nanowire diameter and the duration of etching, whereas pore density is determined by silicon nanowire density. We believe that the described porous membrane fabrication method can be applied to various polymer and nanowire systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)933-936
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Apr 30

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation through the Pioneer Converging Technology Program (No. M10711160001-08M1116-00110).


  • Membranes
  • Nanomaterials
  • Nanowires
  • Polyimide
  • Polymers
  • Porosity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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