In this study, we have demonstrated a simple, scalable, and environmentally friendly route for controllable fabrication of continuous, well-intergrown ZIF-8 on a flexible polymer substrate via contra-diffusion method in conjunction with chemical vapor modification of the polymer surface. The combined chemical vapor modification and contra-diffusion method resulted in controlled formation of a thin, defect-free, and robust ZIF-8 layer on one side of the support in aqueous solution at room temperature. The ZIF-8 membrane exhibited propylene permeance of 1.50 × 10–8 mol m–2 s–1 Pa−1 and excellent selective permeation properties; after post heat-treatment, the membrane showed ideal selectivities of C3H6/C3H8 and H2/C3H8 as high as 27.8 and 2259, respectively. The new synthesis approach holds promise for further development of the fabrication of high-quality polymer-supported ZIF membranes for practical separation applications.
Shamsaei, E., Lin, X., Low, Z-X., Abbasi, Z., Hu, Y., Liu, J. Z., & Wang, H. (2016). Aqueous phase synthesis of ZIF-8 membrane with controllable location on an asymmetrically porous polymer substrate. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 8(9), 6236-6244. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.5b12684