Journal of Polymer Research

, 25:232 | Cite as

Permeability control in polymeric systems: a review

  • K. PrasadEmail author
  • M. Nikzad
  • I. Sbarski


Controlling the extent of permeant (gas/vapour/liquid) transport through a polymer is critical in packaging applications. This can be achieved by changing the chemical and physical nature of the polymer, blending the polymer with another, dispersing particulate, fibrillar or lamellar fillers, converting the microstructure of the polymer to a cellular one, or using an effective combination of all of these processes. This review critically analyses different methods of controlling polymer permeability reported in literature. It provides recommendations and fresh approaches for modification of polymer permeability when considering large scale manufacturing of packages with controlled permeability properties. In addition, the subsequent effects of these modification techniques on the mechanical properties of the polymeric system are considered.


Permeability Polymer blends Polymer nanocomposites Polymer foams Storage units 



K.P. would like to acknowledge the financial support provided by the Swinburne University Postgraduate Research Award (SUPRA) instituted by the Swinburne University of Technology and to Peter Steer of Flexcube International Pty. Ltd.


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  1. 1.Faculty of Science, Engineering and TechnologySwinburne University of TechnologyHawthornAustralia

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