Moldable Porous Nanocomposite Resins

Nanoporous monoliths fabricated at various length scales (a) microscale pillar; (b) mm-scale cone; (c) inch-scale hand cast.

Invention Summary:

    A key issue with a majority of the current technologies for creating porous monoliths is that they require high temperature treatments or incur significant materials shrinkage.  For many applications, shape is critical and low-temperature substrates or environments are necessary.


    Researchers at Rutgers University have developed a new method to synthesize porous resin-particle nanocomposite monoliths.  This invention differs from existing mechanisms in that (1) the porogen is separate from the crosslinking phase during the whole reaction and (2) the crosslinking phase possesses a large fraction of nanoparticle fillers.  Using commercially available ingredients, the formulated high-viscosity resin can be molded into macro-to-micro shapes and can be cured into a nanoporous material with minimal volume change.  Further, the surface chemistry of the final monolith is determined by the nanoparticle component.



  • Room temperature processing
  • Low shrinkage
  • Ideal forming viscosity
  • High porosity
  • Chemical tunability
  • Biocompatibility

Market Applications:

  • Water purification
  • Aerospace propulsion
  • Medical prosthesis

Intellectual Property & Development Status: Patent pending. Available for licensing and/or research collaboration 

Patent Information:
For Information, Contact:
Shu Wang
Licensing Manager
Rutgers University
Polymers & Composites