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The impact of ZIF-8 particle size and heat treatment on CO2/CH4 separation using asymmetric mixed matrix membrane

Nordin, N. A. H. M. and Ismail, Ahmad Fauzi and Mustafa, A. and Murali, R. S. and Matsuura, T. (2014) The impact of ZIF-8 particle size and heat treatment on CO2/CH4 separation using asymmetric mixed matrix membrane. RSC Advances, 4 (94). p. 52541. ISSN 2046-2069

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4ra08460h


In this study, zeolitic imidazole framework 8 (ZIF-8) particles of different sizes were synthesized in aqueous media by varying the concentration of the base-type additive, triethylamine (TEA). ZIF-8 with particle sizes of ∼134 nm and ∼288 nm with surface areas of 418.44 m2 g-1 and 491.54 m2 g-1 were obtained without altering the crystalline structure. Synthesized ZIF-8 was further heat treated at 100 °C for a minimum of 12 hours, which led to an enhancement of its phase crystallinity and a surface area of 981.1 m2 g-1. Mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) were prepared via the dry-wet phase inversion method by dispersing as-synthesized ZIF-8s, heat-treated ZIF-8s and commercial ZIF-8 (∼493 nm) into a polysulfone (PSf) matrix. The thermal stability and mechanical strength of the membranes showed significant improvement after the incorporation of ZIF-8s. The MMMs were further subjected to the permeation experiments of CO2 and CH4. Although the majority of MMMs showed less selectivity than the neat PSf membrane, the incorporation of heat-treated ZIF-8 of the smallest size, exhibited CO2/CH4 selectivity of 28.5, which is significantly higher than the 19.43 obtained for the neat PSf membrane. Therefore, different ZIF-8 treatment protocols and particle sizes affect the MMMs performance significantly.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:mixed matrix membranes, triethylamine (TEA)
Subjects:T Technology > TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy
Divisions:Petroleum and Renewable Energy Engineering
ID Code:62946
Deposited By: Fazli Masari
Deposited On:03 Oct 2017 04:33
Last Modified:03 Oct 2017 04:33

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