Mesoporous hydrophobic polymeric organic frameworks with bound surfactants. Selective adsorption of C 2H 6 versus CH 4

Alexandros P. Katsoulidis, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis

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Mesoporous polymeric organic frameworks (mesoPOF)s have been synthesized through surfactant mediated polymerization of phlorglucinol (1,3,5- trihydroxybenzene) and terephthalaldehyde under solvothermal conditions. The materials contain bound surfactant and exhibit hydrophobic properties. The mesoPOFs present high surface areas up to 1000 m 2 g -1 and have pores of several size ranges from micropores to large mesopores depending on the amount of surfactant used. The adsorption uptakes of CO 2, C 2H 6, and CH 4 measured at 273 K at 1 bar are linearly correlated to the micropore volume. The mesoPOFs display high adsorption selectivity of C 2H 6 over CH 4 by a factor of 40, and this property is dictated by their pore diameter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-479
Number of pages9
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 14 2012



  • adsorption selectivity
  • hydrophobic materials
  • mesoporous polymers
  • phloroglucinol
  • templated synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Chemistry

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