Poly(ethylene‐co‐vinyl alcohol) (EVOH 32) / 1,3‐propanediol mixtures are processed by thermally induced phase separation for the formation of porous membranes. The crystallization line was determined both by the cloud‐point and DSC methods. Two precursor solution compositions, four quench temperatures and various aging times were explored. It is found possible to generate both polymer‐crystallization controlled morphologies (for high quenches and/or sufficiently aged dopes), especially globular microporous ones, and novel nano‐scale porous morphologies dominated by intra‐binodal phase separation (for low quenches and limited or no precursor solution aging). Structural characterization of the membranes was accomplished via application of scanning electron microscopy and wide angle X‐ray diffraction.
Journal of Applied Polymer Science 131(12), p.40374