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High nitrogen and argon diffusion in cyclic olefin copolymer foil versus temperature

Publication at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics |


Measurements of nitrogen and argon diffusion coefficient in cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) have been performed at different temperatures ranging between 21 & DEG;C and 101 & DEG;C. Optical transparent COC foils have been prepared with 10 & mu;m thickness and total surface of about 25 cm2.

The foils have exhibited high purity in composition. The morphology of the COC surface has been investigated by Scanning Electron and Atomic Force Microscopies.

The room temperature measured diffusion coefficients, of about 6.56 x 10-3 cm2/s and 6.30 x 10-3 cm2/s for N2 and Ar, respectively, have been obtained with a home-made experimental set-up by measuring the gas pressure gradient reduction applied to the two faces of COC thin foils versus the time. The foils show a significant increase of the N2 and Ar diffusion coefficients with the temperature.

The native amorphous nature, the obtained nano-porous structure, the damage suffered by the thin foils of COC under high applied pressure are responsible of the evaluated high diffusion coefficients for nitrogen and argon gases. The experimental apparatus to measure the diffusion coefficients vs. temperature, the obtained results, the COC sheets microstructure, the measurements comparison with the literature data and possible COC applications in biomedicine are presented and discussed.