Defect-induced ripening of zeolitic-imidazolate framework ZIF-8 and its implication to vapor-phase membrane synthesis Academic Article uri icon


  • We report for the first time that ZIF-8 crystals undergo an Ostwald-ripening-like process without degradation in the presence of a ligand vapor. The ripening process is dependent on the defect density of the crystals: the more defective the more amenable to the ripening. The process was adapted to synthesize ultra-thin ZIF-8 membranes by vapor-phase secondary growth.

author list (cited authors)

  • Kwon, H. T., Jeong, H., Lee, A. S., An, H. S., Lee, T., Jang, E., Lee, J. S., & Choi, J.

citation count

  • 26

publication date

  • September 2016