Accelerating Membrane‐based CO2 Separation by Soluble Nanoporous Polymer Networks Produced by Mechanochemical Oxidative Coupling Academic Article uri icon


  • Achieving homogeneous dispersion of nanoporous fillers within membrane architectures remains a great challenge for mixed-matrix membrane (MMMs) technology. Imparting solution processability of nanoporous materials would help advance the development of MMMs for membrane-based gas separations. A mechanochemically assisted oxidative coupling polymerization strategy was used to create a new family of soluble nanoporous polymer networks. The solid-state ball-milling method affords inherent molecular weight control over polymer growth and therefore provides unexpected solubility for the resulting nanoporous frameworks. MMM-based CO2 /CH4 separation performance was significantly accelerated by these new soluble fillers. We anticipate this facile method will facilitate new possibilities for the rational design and synthesis of soluble nanoporous polymer networks and promote their applications in membrane-based gas separations.

altmetric score

  • 4.1

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhu, X., Hua, Y., Tian, C., Abney, C. W., Zhang, P., Jin, T., ... Dai, S.

citation count

  • 26

publication date

  • February 2018