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Plasma and Fusion Research

Volume 4, S1005 (2009)

Rapid Communications

Development of Perdeuterated Polymer Foams for Inertial Confinement Fusion Targets in China
Lin ZHANG, Xuan LUO, Yongheng FAN, Kai DU and Qiang YIN
Research Centre of Laser Fusion, China Academy of Engineering Physics, P.O.Box 919-987 Mianyang 621900, China
(Received 20 November 2008 / Accepted 6 April 2009 / Published 9 September 2009)


In this paper, we report the progress made in fabrication of perdeuterated polymer foam materials such as deuterated polystyrene (d-PS), deuterated polyethene (d-PE), and deuterated divinylbenzene (d-DVB) based on the inertial confinement fusion (ICF) research in China. Perdeuterated DVB foams were fabricated using the high internal phase emulsion (HIPE) technique, and perdeuterated PS and PE foams were prepared via the thermally-induced phase separation (TIPS) of polymer solution and freeze-drying. As a result, foams with a deuterium/hydrogen (D/H) ratio of more than 95%, density of 10-200 mg/cm3 , and average porous sizes of 1-20 µm were obtained.


perdeuterated polymer foams, high internal phase emulsion, thermally induced phase separation, deuterated polystyrene, deuterated polyethene, deuterated divinylbenzene

DOI: 10.1585/pfr.4.S1005


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This paper should be cited as follows:

Lin ZHANG, Xuan LUO, Yongheng FAN, Kai DU and Qiang YIN, Plasma Fusion Res. 4, S1005 (2009).