Poly(aryl amide ether) (PAAE) thin films with nanometer-sized pores have been prepared in two steps: (1) solution casting of partially miscible poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)/PAAE blends from one of their common solvents, dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), results in formation of PEG/PAAE nanocomposite films; (2) selective removal of PEG component by water washing yields nanosized, porous PAAE films. The pores have been found to have a small size variation and cover the whole surface homogeneously. With an increase in PEG contents, the sizes of the pores increase but the size distributions do not have much changes. This has been ascribed to formation of small PEG domains in PEG/PAAE composite films, which is facilitated by the strong interactions, mostly hydrogen bonds, between PEG and PAAE macromolecular chains. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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