Fabrication of porous PDMS sponges using spontaneously self-removing sacrificial templates

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MRS Advances


Poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) sponges are an emergent technology, garnering much attention in recent years due to their unique mechanical properties, high surface area and hydrophobicity/oleophilicity. In this work, a hydroscopic calcium chloride hard template is used to prepare a PDMS sponge in 6 h, faster than previously reported template removal methods. Furthermore, the unique deliquescent properties of the calcium chloride are harnessed to provide a spontaneously self-removing sacrificial template within 4 days. The resultant PDMS sponges displayed excellent mechanical robustness, exhibiting maximum tensile and compressive stress values of 110 ± 20 kPa and 2.8 ± 0.1 MPa, respectively. Graphical abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

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University of Wollongong



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