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The effects of bromine substitution on the physical and gas transport properties were examined for five families of tetra-substituted glassy polymers: bisphenol A polycarbonates (PC), hexafluoro-polycarbonates (HFPC), hexafluorobisphenol-tertiary butyl isophthalates (HFBPtBIA), fluorenebisphenol-t-butyl isophthalates (FBP-tBIA) and bisphenol A-t-butyl isophthalates (BPA-tBIA). Additionally, the thermal response of the substituted BPA-tBIA polymers was explored to elucidate the effects of bromine substitution on the activation energies of permeation and diffusion and on the heat of gas sorption. Compared to its methyl-substituted analog, each bromine-substituted polymer had a higher cohesive energy density, a higher glass transition temperature and a lower oxygen-specific fractional free volume. Bromine substitution significantly reduced O 2 and CO 2 permeability and substantially increased both O 2/N 2 and CO 2/CH 4 selectivity. An increase in the activation energy of diffusion for N 2 compared to O 2, and for CH 4 compared to CO 2, may be credited for the majority of the selectivity gain. A new method for evaluating penetrant-dependent fractional free volume proved to be a valuable tool in determining the effects of structural changes on gas transport behavior.

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Effects of bromine substitution on the physical and gas transport properties of five series of glassy polymers / M.S. McCaig, E.D. Seo, D.R. Paul // Polymer. – 1999. – N 40. – P. 3367–3382.

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