Polyethylenimine (PEI) was immobilized by MIL-101(Cr) (∼550 nm) via a facile vacuum-assisted method, and the obtained PEI@MIL-101(Cr) was then incorporated into sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) (SPEEK) to fabricate mixed matrix membranes (MMMs). High loading and uniform dispersion of PEI in MIL-101(Cr) were achieved as demonstrated by ICP, FT-IR, XPS, and EDS-mapping. The PEI both in the pore channels and on the surface of MIL-101(Cr) improved the filler-polymer interface compatibility due to the electrostatic interaction and hydrogen bond between sulfonic acid group and PEI, and simultaneously rendered abundant amine carriers to facilitate the transport of CO2 through reversible reaction. MMMs were evaluated in terms of gas separation performance, thermal stability, and mechanical property. The as-prepared SPEEK/PEI@MIL-101(Cr) MMMs showed increased gas permeability and selectivity, and the highest ideal selectivities for CO2/CH4 and CO2/N2 were 71.8 and 80.0 (at a CO2 permeability of 2490 Barrer), respectively. Compared with the membranes doped with unfilled MIL-101(Cr), the ideal selectivities of CO2/CH4 and CO2/N2 for PEI@MIL-101(Cr)-doped membranes were increased by 128.1 and 102.4 %, respectively, at 40 wt % filler loading, surpassing the 2008 Robeson upper bound line. Moreover, the mechanical property and thermal stability of SPEEK/PEI@MIL-101(Cr) were enhanced. (Chemical Equation Presented).
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