Synthesis of ZIF-8 Membranes on-Alumina Supports for Separation of Propylene/Propane Gas Mixture

Fateme Banihashemi, Jerry Y.S. Lin

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Zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) membranes have shown promising potential for the separation of industrially important propylene/propane mixtures. For industrial applications, it is necessary to synthesize a thin and defect-free ZIF-8 membrane with good integrity on scalable supports. In this work, we report the synthesis of ZIF-8 membranes on the sol-gel derived mesoporous γ-Alumina layer coated on top of the α-Alumina support. Thin (2.5 μm), high quality, and stable ZIF-8 membranes can be grown on the γ-Alumina support grafted with 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GLYMO) by the seeded secondary growth method. Propylene/propane equimolar mixture separation experiments were conducted to test the separation performance of membranes. Compared to the ZIF-8 membranes on the bare macroporous α-Alumina support, ZIF-8 membranes prepared on the γ-Alumina coated α-Alumina support show much better separation characteristics, with a maximum propylene/propane separation factor of 225 and propylene permeance of 9.65 × 10-9mol m-2s-1Pa-1. The ZIF-8 membrane synthesized on the scalable γ-Alumina coated α-Alumina support exhibits separation characteristics and stability similar to the best-performing ZIF-8 membranes on alumina supports with complex synthesis procedures difficult to scale up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4125-4133
Number of pages9
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number11
StatePublished - Mar 23 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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