High-Flux Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework Membranes for Propylene/Propane Separation by Postsynthetic Linker Exchange. Academic Article uri icon


  • While zeolitic imidazolate framework, ZIF-8, membranes show impressive propylene/propane separation, their throughput needs to be greatly improved for practical applications. A method is described that drastically reduces the effective thickness of ZIF-8 membranes, thereby substantially improving their propylene permeance (that is, flux). The new strategy is based on a controlled single-crystal to single-crystal linker exchange of 2-methylimidazole in ZIF-8 membrane grains with 2-imidazolecarboxaldehyde (ZIF-90 linker), thereby enlarging the effective aperture size of ZIF-8. The linker-exchanged ZIF-8 membranes showed a drastic increase in propylene permeance by about four times, with a negligible loss in propylene/propane separation factor when compared to as-prepared membranes. The linker-exchange effect depends on the membrane synthesis method.

published proceedings

  • Angew Chem Int Ed Engl

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

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

citation count

  • 92

complete list of authors

  • Lee, Moon Joo||Kwon, Hyuk Taek||Jeong, Hae-Kwon

publication date

  • January 2018