Imine-Linked Porous Polymer Frameworks with High Small Gas (H2, CO2, CH4, C2H2) Uptake and CO2/N2 Selectivity

Youlong Zhu, Hai Long, Wei Zhang

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A series of novel porous polymer frameworks (PPFs) with [3 + 4] structure motif have been synthesized from readily accessible building blocks via imine condensation, and the dependence of gas adsorption properties on the building block dimensions and functionalities was studied. The resulting imine-linked frameworks exhibit high surface area: the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) specific surface area up to 1740 m2 g-1, and a Langmuir surface area up to 2157 m2 g-1. More importantly, the porous frameworks exhibit outstanding H2 (up to 2.75 wt %, 77 K, 1 bar), CO2 (up to 26.7 wt %, 273 K, 1 bar), CH4 (up to 2.43 wt %, 273 K, 1 bar), and C2H2 (up to 17.9 wt %, 273 K, 1 bar) uptake, which are among the highest reported for organic porous materials. PPFs exhibit good ideal selectivities for CO2/N2 (14.5/1-20.4/1), and CO2/CH4 adsorption (8.6/1-11.0/1), and high thermal stabilities (up to 500 C), thus showing a great potential in gas storage and separation applications.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1630-1635
Number of pages6
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number9
StatePublished - 14 May 2013

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-2C00-59087


  • adsorption selectivity
  • organic porous polymer
  • Schiff-base chemistry
  • small gas uptake


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