Synthesis and modification of moisture-stable coordination pillared-layer metal-organic framework (CPL-MOF) CPL-2 for ethylene/ethane separation

Huan Xiang, Ahmed Ameen, Jin Shang, Yilai Jiao, Patricia Gorgojo, Flor R. Siperstein, Xiaolei Fan

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Adsorptive separation of ethylene/ethane (C2H4/C2H6) binary mixture has growing interest in petrochemical industries compared to the conventional energy-intensive cryogenic distillation. Development of moisture-stable materials with high selectivity is of great importance to accomplish C2H4/C2H6 separation. Coordination pillared-layer metal-organic framework (CPL-MOF) CPL-2 was synthesised at room temperature, and then modified by silver ions impregnation to enhance the selectivity towards ethylene over ethane. The synthesised CPL-2 and Ag/CPL-2 MOFs have excellent moisture stability which was confirmed by the dynamic water vapour adsorption analysis under 90% relative humidity, showing no significant framework decomposition, even at 50 °C. The calculated selectivity based on gravimetric single-component gas adsorption experiments shows the significantly improved C2H4/C2H6 selectivity from 1.4 to 26.1 after loading 10 wt.% (theoretical) of silver ions on CPL-2. Breakthrough experiments for C2H4/C2H6 (1:1, v/v) mixture suggest that both CPL-2 and 10 wt.% Ag/CPL-2 can achieve the binary mixture separation, and 10 wt.% Ag/CPL-2 shows relatively better dynamic separation performance compared to parent CPL-2. The good adsorption selectivity and moisture stability allow CPL-MOF to be a class of promising porous materials for further exploitation in the separation of C2H4/C2H6 mixtures. Additionally, the method presented here can potentially be extended to other CPLs with different pore sizes for alkene/alkane separations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109784
JournalMicroporous and Mesoporous Materials
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Adsorption
  • Coordination pillared-layer metal-organic framework (CPL-MOF)
  • Ethane
  • Ethylene
  • Moisture stability
  • Selectivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (all)
  • Materials Science (all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials


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