Enhanced carbon dioxide flux by catechol–Zn2+ synergistic manipulation of graphene oxide membranes

Yanxiong Ren, Dongdong Peng, Hong Wu, Leixin Yang, Xingyu Wu, Yingzhen Wu, Shaofei Wang, Zhongyi Jiang

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In this study, a kind of functionalized graphene oxide (GO) membranes was fabricated. GO nanosheets were pre-coated by polydopamine (PDA) via spontaneous polymerization of dopamine (DA) and then cross-linked with zinc ions (Zn) via dopamine-mediated complexation reaction. The PDA coating rendered GO nanosheets a large number of evenly distributed oxygen-containing functional groups, which are beneficial to bond zinc ions effectively and to create favorable microenvironments of the nanochannels in GO membranes. Both PDA and Zn acted as cross-linkers to tune the interlayer spacing of GO nanosheets. Zinc ions also afforded facilitated transport ability towards CO in dry state. Taking CO/CH separation as the model system, the GO-PDA-Zn membrane exhibited significantly enhanced CO permeance of 175 GPU with CO/CH selectivity of 19.1 in dry state owing to the large transport channels and facilitated transport carriers. Moreover, the GO-PDA-Zn membrane exhibited high CO/CH selectivity of 32.9 in wet state owing to the stable intergalleries and moderate interlayer spacing. It is envisioned that the synergistic manipulation of PDA and metal ions can be utilized to exploit a variety of 2D membranes with superior gas separation performance.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-238
Number of pages9
JournalChemical Engineering Science
StatePublished - Dec 6 2018


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