Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework Membranes: Novel Synthesis Methods and Progress Toward Industrial Use. Academic Article uri icon


  • In the last decade, zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs) have been studied extensively for their potential as selective separation membranes. In this review, we highlight unique structural properties of ZIFs that allow them to achieve certain important separations, like that of propylene from propane, and summarize the state of the art in ZIF thin-film deposition on porous substrates and their modification by postsynthesis treatments. We also review the reported membrane performance for representative membrane synthesis approaches and attempt to rank the synthesis methods with respect to potential for scalability. To compare the dependence of membrane performance on membrane synthesis methods and operating conditions, we map out fluxes and separation factors of selected ZIF-8 membranes for propylene/propane separation. Finally, we provide future directions considering the importance of further improvements in scalability, cost effectiveness, and stable performance under industrially relevant conditions.

published proceedings

  • Annu Rev Chem Biomol Eng

author list (cited authors)

  • Lee, D. T., Corkery, P., Park, S., Jeong, H., & Tsapatsis, M.

complete list of authors

  • Lee, Dennis T||Corkery, Peter||Park, Sunghwan||Jeong, Hae-Kwon||Tsapatsis, Michael

publication date

  • June 2022