Synthesis of ZIF-68 Membrane on a ZnO Modified α-Alumina Support by a Modified Reactive Seeding Method

Alexandra Kasik, Joshua James, Jerry Lin

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Abstract

Large-pore ZIF-68 membranes offer adsorption-based selectivity for separation of gas mixtures or molecular sieving characteristics for the separation of large liquid molecules. ZIF-68 membranes can be grown on ZnO modified α-alumina supports by a modified reactive seeding method. The resultant membranes were around 40 Μm in thickness and were determined to have limited nonselective defects given their adherence to Knudsen diffusion during single gas permeation measurements. Further pervaporation experiments showed that the ZIF-68 membranes synthesized via the modified reactive seeding method had a p-xylene pervaporation flux approximately 5.4 times as large as that reported for similar pore-sized MOF-5 membranes; however, pervaporation flux of larger molecule, ditert-butylbenzene, through the same two MOF membranes showed the flux of the ZIF-68 membrane was 3.4 times smaller than that reported for MOF-5. This reversal in pervaporation flux indicates the ZIF-68 structure is more readily accessible to molecules smaller than its pore size, but larger molecules are subjected to a staunch cut off in flux.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2831-2839
Number of pages9
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Volume55
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 16 2016

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Aluminum Oxide
Alumina
Pervaporation
Membranes
Fluxes
Molecules
Xylene
Permeation
Gas mixtures
Pore size
Gases
Adsorption
Defects
Liquids

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Synthesis of ZIF-68 Membrane on a ZnO Modified α-Alumina Support by a Modified Reactive Seeding Method. / Kasik, Alexandra; James, Joshua; Lin, Jerry.

In: Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, Vol. 55, No. 10, 16.03.2016, p. 2831-2839.

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