Special Issue "MOF-Based Membranes"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Crystal Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Jinsoo Kim

Department of Chemical Engineering, Kyung Hee University, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
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Interests: MOF membranes; MOF crystals; ceramic membranes; gas separation
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Hae-Kwon Jeong

Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, Department ofMaterials Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University, CollegeStation, TX, United States
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Interests: gas separation; molecular sieve membranes; metal-organic frameworks; polycrystalline films; adsorbents

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), which are constructed from metal ions (or clusters) and organic linkers, are organic-inorganic hybrid materials with well-defined pore structures. MOFs have exceptionally high porosity, uniform but tunable pore sizes and structural diversity and rich functionalities. As a new class of porous solid materials, MOFs have tremendous attention for a variety of industrial applications including separation membranes. After initial steps of developing different MOF structures into membranes, recent studies on MOF-based membranes focus on the improvement of membrane performance and the issues facing in practical large scale applications.

This Special Issue is dedicated to provide a comprehensive coverage on the recent progresses in “MOF-based Membranes” and their applications. It offers a perfect site to report the synthesis and characterization of MOF-based membranes including polycrystalline MOF membranes and MOF containing mixed matrix membranes, the related membrane fabrication methods, and their applications to gas separation, water separation, etc. Both original papers and critical reviews are welcome.

Prof. Jinsoo Kim
Prof. Hae-Kwon Jeong
Guest Editors

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  • MOF membranes
  • Mixed matrix membranes
  • Crystal growth
  • Gas separation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Pure MOF thin film membranes for gas separation applications. Present and Future.
Authors: Valeriya Chernikova, Osama Shekhah, Mohamed Eddaoudi and Youssef Belmabkhout*
Affiliation: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Advanced Membranes & Porous Materials Center, Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Functional Materials Design, Discovery and Development research group (FMD3), Thuwal 23955-6900, KSA.
Abstract: Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are emerging solid states materials with gigantic potential in many applications. In this review, we shed light critically on the recent advances made in the fabrication of pure MOF membranes for gas separation applications. The analysis made in this work is aiming principally to show the strengths and weaknesses of pure MOF membranes as separation agents for gas/vapor separations in general and high intensive gas mixture splitting, in particular. From the synthesis point of view, different MOF thin Film preparation methodologies will be discussed with emphasis on their role in achieving high quality MOF-membranes for gas separation. From the gas/vapor transport point of view, the structural properties of bulk MOFs and their corresponding permeation properties as membranes will be critically analyzed.
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