Intrusion of polyethylene glycol into solid-state nanopores

Yueting Sun, Chengliang Xu, Yibing Li

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The intrusion of PEG aqueous solution into solid-state-nanopores upon mechanical pressure is experimentally investigated. By using hydrophobic nanoporous silica with a broad range of pore sizes, the characteristic size of PEG chains in water while penetrating nanopores is measured and analyzed, which increases with molecular weight and decreases with concentration of PEG. Its sensitivity to molecular weight is relatively limited due to nano-confinement. The inclusion of PEG as an intruding liquid imposes a rate effect on the intrusion pressure, and inhibits the extrusion from the nanopores.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9070–9073
Number of pages4
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number17
Early online date1 Mar 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Mar 2018


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