MOFs/PVA hybrid membranes with enhanced mechanical and ion-conductive properties

Chao LU, Hang XIAO, Xi CHEN*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Nanomaterials have been treated as effective dopants for enhancing mechanical and ion-conductive properties of polymer membranes. Among various nanomaterials, metal-organic frameworks are attracting enormous attention from researchers because of their intriguing structural and functional properties. Here we report a gentle and simple synthesis method of ZIF-8 nanomaterials, which are applied as dopants for polyvinyl alcohol composite membranes. This nanomaterials display uniform size distribution and high purity through various structural investigations. The as-prepared polymer composite membranes present enhanced mechanical and ion-conductive properties compared to pristine samples. This work provides a novel ideal on the design of nanomaterial dopants for high-performance polymer membranes. © 2021 Chao Lu et al., published by De Gruyter 2021.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-165
Number of pages6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Research funding: This work was supported by the Earth Engineering Center, and Center for Advanced Materials for Energy and Environment at Columbia University.


  • dopants
  • enhanced properties
  • gentle synthesis
  • metal-organic frameworks
  • polymer membranes


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