A Straightforward Method to Prepare MOF-Based Membranes via Direct Seeding of MOF-Polymer Hybrid Nanoparticles

Membranes (Basel). 2023 Jan 4;13(1):65. doi: 10.3390/membranes13010065.

ABSTRACT

Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) present high surface areas, various pore topology as well as good stabilities. The functionalities and porosity can be tuned by using different linkers with various functional groups and a wide range of linker lengths. These properties make them good candidates in membrane separation applications. In this work, we propose a simple UiO-66 MOF-based membrane fabrication method following two steps. First, the α-alumina tubular membrane support was dip-coated with MOF-polymer hybrid nanoparticles (NPs). These NPs were prepared via one-pot synthesis by adding poly (methacrylic acid)-b-poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMAA-b-PMMA) NPs to the classical acetic acid-modulated UiO-66 or UiO-66-NH2 synthesis formulation. Second, secondary membrane growth was applied to give rise to a continuous and homogeneous crystalline MOF membrane layer. The gas permeances (He, N2, CO2 and SF6) tests confirmed high membrane permeability with no macro-defects. The as-prepared membranes that were used for dye separation (Rhodamine B) showed relatively good separation capacity.

PMID:36676872 | DOI:10.3390/membranes13010065

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