We have generated microcellular polymeric foam structures using a pressure induced phase separation in concentrated mixtures of supercritical CO2 and poly(methyl methacrylate). The process typically generates a microcellular core structure encased by a nonporous skin, the thickness of which decreases with increasing saturation pressure. This trend can be described by a model for skin formation that is based on the diffusion rate of gas out of the sample. Significant density reductions on the order of…
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