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Synthesis and Electrospraying of Nanoscale MOF (Metal Organic Framework) for High-Performance CO2 Adsorption Membrane

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      We report the sonochemical synthesis of MOF (metal organic framework) nanoparticles of 30–200 nm in size and electrospraying of those particles on electrospun nanofibers to process a MOF-attached nanofibrous membrane. This membrane displayed significant selectivity towards CO2 and capacity of adsorbing with 4000–5000 ppm difference from a mixed gas flow of 1% CO2 and 99% N2. Applying ultrasonic waves during the MOF synthesis offered rapid dispersion and formation of crystalline MOF nanoparticles in room temperature. The MOF nanoparticles of 100–200 nm in size displayed higher surface area and adsorption capacity comparing to that of 30–60 nm in size. Nanofibrous membrane was produced by electrospinning of MOF blended PAN solution followed by electrospraying of additional MOF nanoparticles. This yielded uniform MOF deposition on nanofibers, occurred due to electrostatic attraction between highly charged nanoparticles and conductive nanofibers. A test bench for real-time CO2 adsorption at room temperature was built with non-dispersive Infrared (NDIR) CO2 sensors. Comparative tests were performed on the membrane to investigate its enhanced adsorption capacity. Three layers of the as-produced membranes displayed CO2 adsorption for approximately 2 h. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) of the membrane showed the thermal stability of the MOF and PAN up to 290 and 425 °C, respectively.

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            [1 ]Department of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA 30458 USA
            [2 ]Department of Chemistry, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA 30458 USA
            Nanoscale Res Lett
            Nanoscale Res Lett
            Nanoscale Research Letters
            Springer US (New York )
            5 January 2017
            5 January 2017
            : 12
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            co2 adsorption, mof, pan, electrospinning, nanofibers, electrospraying


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