Homochiral metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) have gained much attention because of their chiral properties and disposition for chiral separation. However, the fabrication of high-quality homochiral MOF membranes remains challenging because of the difficulty in controlling growth of MOF membranes with chiral functionalities. A homochiral zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) membrane is reported for efficient chiral separation. The membrane is synthesized by incorporating a natural amino acid, l-histidine (l-His), into the framework of ZIF-8. The homochiral l-His-ZIF-8 membrane exhibits a good selectivity for the R-enantiomer of 1-phenylethanol over the S-enantiomer, showing a high enantiomeric excess value up to 76 %.
- chiral resolution
- membrane separation
- metal–organic frameworks
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