Defect-dependent stability of highly propylene-selective zeolitic-imidazolate framework ZIF-8 membranes Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2017 Elsevier B.V. Membranes of ZIF-8, a prototypical zeolitic-imidazolate framework (ZIF) with a sodalite topology, have shown excellent propylene/propane separation performances based on molecular sieving mechanism. Although the long-term stability of ZIF-8 membranes is of critical importance for their practical applications, there are only a few studies reported on the subject. Here, we report the long-term binary propylene/propane performances of ZIF-8 membranes prepared by two distinctive synthesis methods. A series of characterizations was employed to explain how different synthetic protocols led to the formation of ZIF-8 membranes with different bulk defect densities and surface defects, thereby affecting the long-term membrane stability. Finally, a post-synthetic ligand treatment is proposed as an effective means to mitigate the defects of ZIF-8 membranes, resulting in improved long-term separation performances.

altmetric score

  • 6

author list (cited authors)

  • Lee, M. J., Kwon, H. T., & Jeong, H.

citation count

  • 27

publication date

  • May 2017