High permeable and selective membranes are expected to be a promising alternative for low cost and energy efficient CO2 separation. However, the preparation and development of highly permeable and selective membranes are limited by the trade-off effect. Here, we prepared a stabilized high permeable and selective mixed matrix membrane based on the structural regulation of the NH2-functionalized Co/ZIF-8 heterometallic nanoparticles (NH2-Co/ZIF-8). The NH2-Co/ZIF-8 can be homogeneously dispersed in the polymer via chelation of the ester group and the metal node in the methacrylate-terminated PEO and the acrylate-terminated PEO. The amphiphilic interaction between the polymer and NH2-Co/ZIF-8 significantly increased the CO2 solubility resulting in the boost of both CO2 permeability and CO2/N2 selectivity. The best performance membrane exhibits a CO2 permeability of 2916 Barrer and a CO2/N2 selectivity of 47, surpassing the Robeson's upper bond (2008) by a wide margin.
- Amino-functionalized Co/ZIF-8
- CO capture
- Mixed matrix membranes
- Structural regulation