Impacts of Metal-Organic Frameworks on Structure and Performance of Polyamide Thin-Film Nanocomposite Membranes

Yang Ying Zhao, Yan Ling Liu, Xiao Mao Wang, Xia Huang, Yuefeng F. Xie

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Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), a class of hybrid organic-inorganic materials, have recently attracted tremendous interests in the fabrication of thin-film nanocomposite (TFN) membranes with exceptional permselectivity. However, the structure-performance relationship of such membranes, which is a function of both MOF type and membrane fabrication procedure, has not been elucidated in the literature. In this study, three types of hydro-stable MOFs, namely, MIL-53(Al), NH 2 -UiO-66, and ZIF-8, were used to fabricate TFN nanofiltration membranes via both blending (BL) and preloading interfacial polymerization methods. Results show that the incorporation of MOFs could enhance water permeability of TFN membranes to 7.2 L/(m 2 ·h·bar) at most (TFN NH 2 -UiO-66-BL-0.10%), about 1.3 times of the corresponding thin-film composite membranes, without sacrificing their selectivity to reject NaCl (>40%) and xylose (>65%). Membrane characterization revealed that MOFs decreased the cross-linking degree while increasing the membrane thickness, surface negative charge, and roughness of the polyamide active layer. MIL-53(Al) were found to bind with polyamide via reacting with piperazine, whereas weaker polyamide-MOF interactions were observed for NH 2 -UiO-66 and ZIF-8. This difference, along with the hydrophilicity of MOF particles, explained the varied permselectivity of different TFN membranes. Compared to pristine polyamide membranes, the TFN membranes demonstrated higher or comparable efficiencies in removing a set of six pharmaceuticals (PhACs), which were determined by the molecular properties of PhACs and membrane structure. The findings of this study deepen our understanding of the roles that MOFs play in regulating membrane performance, promoting molecular design of MOF-incorporated TFN membranes via precise control of MOF-polymer interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13724-13734
Number of pages11
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Volume11
Issue number14
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StatePublished - Apr 10 2019

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Polyamides
Nanocomposites
Metals
Membranes
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Drug products
Nanofiltration membranes
Fabrication
Membrane structures
Xylose
Organic polymers
Composite membranes
Hydrophilicity
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Surface roughness
Polymerization

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Zhao, Yang Ying ; Liu, Yan Ling ; Wang, Xiao Mao ; Huang, Xia ; Xie, Yuefeng F. / Impacts of Metal-Organic Frameworks on Structure and Performance of Polyamide Thin-Film Nanocomposite Membranes. In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 2019 ; Vol. 11, No. 14. pp. 13724-13734.
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In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Vol. 11, No. 14, 10.04.2019, p. 13724-13734.

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