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Synthesis and gas permselectivity of CuBTC–GO–PVDF mixed matrix membranes

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Abstract

A CuBTC (copper(II) benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxylate) metal organic framework (MOF) and graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets were introduced into a semi-crystalline PVDF to produce mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) to promote gas separation performance. CuBTC/GO co-existence in PVDF exhibited positive effects on thermal, mechanical, and permselectivity properties of MMMs. While MMMs owed their higher permeabilities to porous CuBTC particles, GO nanosheets were mostly responsible for induction of remarkable selectivity into the PVDF matrix. The best gas separation was reported for a MMM with 9.5/0.5 wt% of CuBTC/GO. In this regard, He and CO2 permeabilities of 10.066 and 3.316 barrer were obtained accompanied by more than 100% increases in He/CH4, He/N2, and CO2/CH4 gas selectivities. Homogenous dispersion of fillers, filler morphologies, and well polymer/filler interactions are responsible for such interesting behavior.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and gas permselectivity of CuBTC–GO–PVDF mixed matrix membranes

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The article was received on 16 Feb 2018, accepted on 11 Jun 2018 and first published on 21 Jun 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8NJ00796A
Citation: New J. Chem., 2018,42, 12013-12023
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    Synthesis and gas permselectivity of CuBTC–GO–PVDF mixed matrix membranes

    E. A. Feijani, H. Mahdavi and A. Tavassoli, New J. Chem., 2018, 42, 12013
    DOI: 10.1039/C8NJ00796A

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