Optimizing Multivariate Metal-Organic Frameworks for Efficient C2H2/CO2 Separation. Academic Article uri icon


  • Adsorptive separation of acetylene (C2H2) from carbon dioxide (CO2) promises a practical way to produce high-purity C2H2 required for industrial applications. However, challenges exist in the pore environment engineering of porous materials to recognize two molecules due to their similar molecular sizes and physical properties. Herein, we report a strategy to optimize pore environments of multivariate metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for efficient C2H2/CO2 separation by tuning metal components, functionalized linkers, and terminal ligands. The optimized material UPC-200(Al)-F-BIM, constructed from Al3+ clusters, fluorine-functionalized organic linkers, and benzimidazole terminal ligands, demonstrated the highest separation efficiency (C2H2/CO2 uptake ratio of 2.6) and highest C2H2 productivity among UPC-200 systems. Experimental and computational studies revealed the contribution of small pore size and polar functional groups on the C2H2/CO2 selectivity and indicated the practical C2H2/CO2 separation of UPC-200(Al)-F-BIM.

published proceedings

  • J Am Chem Soc

altmetric score

  • 4.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Fan, W., Yuan, S., Wang, W., Feng, L., Liu, X., Zhang, X., ... Zhou, H.

citation count

  • 139

complete list of authors

  • Fan, Weidong||Yuan, Shuai||Wang, Wenjing||Feng, Liang||Liu, Xiuping||Zhang, Xiurong||Wang, Xia||Kang, Zixi||Dai, Fangna||Yuan, Daqiang||Sun, Daofeng||Zhou, Hong-Cai

publication date

  • May 2020