"Twin copper source" growth of metal-organic framework membrane: Cu(3)(BTC)(2) with high permeability and selectivity for recycling H(2)

J Am Chem Soc. 2009 Feb 11;131(5):1646-7. doi: 10.1021/ja8074874.

Abstract

In this communication, the copper net supported Cu(3)(BTC)(2) membranes have been successfully synthesized by means of a "twin copper source" technique. Separation studies on gaseous mixtures (H(2)/CO(2), H(2)/CH(4), and H(2)/N(2)) using the membrane revealed that the membrane possesses high permeability and selectivity for H(2) over CO(2), N(2), and CH(4). Compared with the conventional zeolite membranes, the copper net supported Cu(3)(BTC)(2) membrane exhibited high permeation flux in gas separation. Such highly efficient copper net supported Cu(3)(BTC)(2) membranes could be used to separate, recycle, and reuse H(2) exhausted from steam reforming natural gas.