Constructing free standing metal organic framework MIL-53 membrane based on anodized aluminum oxide precursor

Yunlu Zhang, Qiuming Gao, Zhi Lin, Tao Zhang, Jiandong Xu, Yanli Tan, Weiqian Tian, Lei Jiang

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Metal organic framework (MOF) materials have attracted great attention due to their well-ordered and controllable pores possessing of prominent potentials for gas molecule sorption and separation performances. Organizing the MOF crystals to a continuous membrane with a certain scale will better exhibit their prominent potentials. Reports in recent years concentrate on well grown MOF membranes on specific substrates. Free standing MOF membranes could have more important applications since they are independent from the substrates. However, the method to prepare such a membrane has been a great challenge because good mechanical properties and stabilities are highly required. Here, we demonstrate a novel and facile technique for preparing the free standing membrane with a size as large as centimeter scale. The substrate we use proved itself not only a good skeleton but also an excellent precursor to fulfill the reaction. This kind of membrane owns a strong mechanical strength, based on the fact that it is much thinner than the composite membranes grown on substrates and it could exhibit good property of gas separation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4947
Number of pages6
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2014
Externally publishedYes

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