MS16-P14 A bi-porous metal–organic framework with tuneable sorption performance facilitated by intrinsic flexibility Andrzej Gładysiak (Laboratory of Molecular Simulation (LSMO), Institut des sciences et ingénierie chimiques (ISIC), École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Valais, Sion, Switzerland) Kathryn S. Deeg (Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, United States of America) Iurii Dovgaliuk (Swiss-Norwegian Beamlines, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Greboble, France) Kaili Y. Ordiz (Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, United States of America) Seyedmohamad Moosavi (Laboratory of Molecular Simulation (LSMO), Institut des sciences et ingénierie chimiques (ISIC), École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Valais, Sion, Switzerland) Daniele Ongari (Laboratory of Molecular Simulation (LSMO), Institut des sciences et ingénierie chimiques (ISIC), École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Valais, Sion, Switzerland) Jorge A. R. Navarro (Departamento de Química Inorgánica, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain) Berend Smit (Laboratory of Molecular Simulation (LSMO), Institut des sciences et ingénierie chimiques (ISIC), École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Valais, Sion, Switzerland) Kyriakos C. Stylianou (Laboratory of Molecular Simulation (LSMO), Institut des sciences et ingénierie chimiques (ISIC), École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Valais, Sion, Switzerland)email: andrzej.gladysiak@epfl.ch
            Efficient CO2/CH4 separation has constantly been a challenge for natural gas processing, and in general, modern chemical industry.[1] While classical separation techniques including cryogenic distillation or low-temperature chemical absorption are widely in use, they are energetically costly, and present a considerable environmental issue.[2] Porous materials, constantly developed as alternative solutions to these techniques, are showing a great promise.[3] The purpose, however, is not only to design a material with maximum selectivity and working capacity, but also to rationally control and tune its performance. Herein we present the synthesis of a novel MOF based on Ca(II) and a tetracarboxylate ligand TBAPy4– endowed with two chemically distinct types of pores: the hydrophobic and the hydrophilic one. Owing to judicious choice of conditions access is gained to two stages of activation, at which the material shows strikingly different gas sorption performances. The material’s intrinsic flexibility helps it to adsorb a higher amount of gas molecules than is allowed by its unexpanded state. The observed preference of adsorbing CO2 over CH­4 was further studied in fixed-bed breakthrough experiments imitating the real process in an industrial-scale installation. The difference of sorption behaviour on the material was supported by molecular simulations.
References:

[1] Baker, R. W. & Lokhandwala, K. (2008). Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 47, 2109−2121.

[2] Rochelle, G. T. (2009). Science, 325, 1652−1654.

[3] Chen, F. et al. (2017). Mater. Chem. Front., 1, 2283−2291.
Keywords: metal–organic frameworks, gas adsorption, CO2/CH4 separation