ZIF-67 as silver-bullet in adsorptive propane/propylene separation

Eduardo Andres-Garcia, Lide Oar-Arteta, Jorge Gascon, Freek Kapteijn

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The cobalt-based ZIF-67 has been evaluated for the adsorptive propylene/propane separation in a fixed bed. Characterization techniques and dynamic measurements have been performed over ZIF-67 to evaluate its potential in this defiant process. Cobalt promotes a more rigid framework than zinc in the isostructural ZIF-8. Although the adsorption affinity of ZIF-67 for both hydrocarbons is similar, the lower flexibility of the framework makes ZIF-67 behave with a clear preference towards propane. This inverse selectivity promotes the enrichment in propylene content upon breakthrough, and may simplify the separation scheme. Therefore, ZIF-67 adsorptive separation is presented as an alternative to energy-demanding distillation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-14
Number of pages5
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
StatePublished - Mar 15 2019

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  • Adsorption
  • Propane
  • Propylene
  • Separation
  • ZIF-67
  • Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry


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