Zeolite-like MOF nanocrystals incorporated 6FDA-polyimide mixed-matrix membranes for CO2/CH4 separation

by G. Liu, Y. Labreche, V. Chernikova, O. Shekhah, C. Zhang, Y. Belmabkhout, M. Eddaoudi, W. J. Koros
Year: 2018 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2018.08.031

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Journal of Membrane Science 565, 186193, (2018)


MOF mixed-matrix membranes (MMMs) are regarded as promising candidates for energy-efficient natural gas purification. This work reports the fabrication of high-performance 6FDA-polyimide MMMs, based on the incorporation of zeolite-like MOF (ZMOF) as fillers, and their associated permeation studies for CO2/CH4 separation. To eliminate micron-sized crystals, a facile repeating sedimentation approach was used to harvest nanocrystals from the as-synthesized bulk ZMOF crystalline powder material. This enables the deployment of ZMOF nanocrystals with relatively uniform dimension and morphology in the polymer matrix. Typical 6FDA-polyimides encompassing distinct diamine moieties (6FDA-DAM, 6FDA-DETDA-DABA or PDMC) were explored as polymer matrices to disclose the transport property matching the hosted ZMOF filler. Mixed-gas permeation measurements revealed that the incorporation of the ZMOF filler affords a concurrent enhancement of the CO2permeability and the CO2/CH4 selectivity for the three tested 6FDA-polyimides. Particularly, the highly permeable 6FDA-DAM showed a considerably enhanced performance for CO2/CH4 that transcends the 2008 Robeson upper-bound. Detailed analysis of the sorptiondata and diffusion coefficients suggest that the enhanced transport property in the ZMOF-based MMM is plausibly attributed to the combination of the higher CO2 sorption capacity and selectivity, and favorable gas diffusivity via the CO2-philic framework of ZMOF in moderately confined pores.


Zeolite-like MOF Polyimide Mixed matrix membranes CO2/CH4 separation