Nanoporous polymeric materials are porous materials with pore sizes in the nanometer range (that is, below 500 nm), processed as bulk or film materials, and from a wide set of polymers. Over the last several years, research and development on these novel materials have progressed significantly, because it is believed that the reduction of the pore size to the nanometer range could strongly influence some of the properties of porous polymers, providing unexpected and improved properties compared to conventional porous and microporous polymers and non-porous solids.
In recent years, the CellMat laboratory has become a reference in this field. The research carried out at CellMat has made it possible to demonstrate for the first time the presence of the Knudsen effect in this type of breathable materials, to demonstrate the possibility of producing transparent foams and to verify the improvement of the mechanical properties of these novel materials.
The promising properties of these materials make them interesting for a variety of applications.