Mixed Matrix Membranes based on UiO-66 MOFs in the Polymer of Intrinsic Microporosity PIM-1

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  • External authors:
  • Muhanned Khdhayyer
  • Elisa Esposito
  • Alessio Fuoco
  • Marcello Monteleone
  • Lidietta Giorno
  • Johannes C. Jansen


This work presents a study of the gas transport properties for a novel class of mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) based on the polymer of intrinsic microporosity PIM-1 loaded with UiO-66 [Zr6O4(OH)4(O2CC6H4CO2)6] based metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Three isoreticular MOFs were dispersed in the polymer matrix, standard UiO-66, UiO-66-NH2 (functionalized with an amino group) and UiO-66-(COOH)2 (functionalized with two carboxylic groups), in order to investigate the effect of the functionalization of the linker on the gas transport. The pure gas permeabilities of He, H2, O2, N2, CH4, CO2 were studied, for the as prepared membranes and after methanol treatment, focusing attention on the potential use of these membranes for CO2/CH4 separation. The pure gas transport of the MMMs was described on the basis of the Maxwell model. The predictions of the model are discussed and compared with the experimental permeability and selectivity of the MMMs and neat PIM-1. Mixed gas permeation tests were performed on a representative sample to investigate the actual separation performance with industrially relevant gas mixtures. These confirmed the good perspectives of these MMMs in applications like CO2 removal from biogas or from flue gas

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Original languageEnglish
JournalSeparation and Purification Technology
Early online date21 Sep 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017