Aqueously Cathodic Deposition of ZIF-8 Membranes for Superior Propylene/Propane Separation

Ruicong Wei, Heng-Yu Chi, Xiang Li, Dongwei Lu, Yi Wan, Chih-Wen Yang, Zhiping Lai

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Electrochemical deposition has emerged as a novel approach to fabricate metal–organic framework (MOF) films. Here, for the first time, an aqueously cathodic deposition (ACD) approach is developed to fabricate ZIF-8 type of MOF membranes without addition of any supporting electrolyte or modulator. The fabrication process uses 100% water as the sole solvent and a low-defect density membrane is obtained in only 60 min under room temperature without any pre-synthesis treatment. The membrane exhibits superior performance in C3H6/C3H8 separation with 182 GPU C3H6 permeance and 142 selectivity, making it sit at the upper bound of permeance versus selectivity graph, outperforming majority of the published data up to 2019. Notably, this approach uses an extremely low current density (0.13 mA cm−2) operated under an ultrafacile apparatus set-up, enabling an attractive way for environmentally friendly, energy efficient, and easily scalable MOF membrane fabrications. This work demonstrates a great potential of aqueously electrochemical deposition of MOF membrane in the future research.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1907089
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
StatePublished - Nov 6 2019

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): URF/1/3435
Acknowledgements: R.W and H.-Y.C. contributed equally to this work. This work was supported by KAUST CRG Grant URF/1/3435.


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