Metal–organic framework membranes: from synthesis to separation application

Shilun Qiu, Ming Xue, Guangshan Zhu

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Metal-organic framework (MOF) materials, which are constructed from metal ions or metal ion clusters and bridging organic linkers, exhibit regular crystalline lattices with relatively well-defined pore structures and interesting properties. As a new class of porous solid materials, MOFs are attractive for a variety of industrial applications including separation membranes-a rapidly developing research area. Many reports have discussed the synthesis and applications of MOFs and MOF thin films, but relatively few have addressed MOF membranes. This critical review provides an overview of the diverse MOF membranes that have been prepared, beginning with a brief introduction to the current techniques for the fabrication of MOF membranes. Gas and liquid separation applications with different MOF membranes are also included (175 references). This journal is © the Partner Organisations 2014.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6116-6140
Number of pages25
JournalChem. Soc. Rev.
Issue number16
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): CRG-1-2012-LAI-009
Acknowledgements: This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (21390394), the National Basic Research Program of China (2012CB821700, 2011CB808703), NSFC (21101072, 21261130584, 91022030), "111" project (B07016), and Award Project of KAUST (CRG-1-2012-LAI-009).
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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