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J Am Chem Soc. 2008 Jun 4;130(22):7110-8. doi: 10.1021/ja800686c. Epub 2008 May 10.

Pore-filling-dependent selectivity effects in the vapor-phase separation of xylene isomers on the metal-organic framework MIL-47.

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Department of Chemical Engineering, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium.


Vapor-phase adsorption and separation of the C8 alkylaromatic components p-xylene, m-xylene, o-xylene, and ethylbenzene on the metal-organic framework MIL-47 have been studied. Low coverage Henry adsorption constants and adsorption enthalpies were determined using the pulse chromatographic technique at temperatures between 230 and 290 degrees C. The four C8 alkylaromatic components have comparable Henry constants and adsorption enthalpies. Adsorption isotherms of the pure components were determined using the gravimetric technique at 70, 110, and 150 degrees C. The adsorption capacity and steepness of the isotherms differs among the components and are strongly temperature dependent. Breakthrough experiments with several binary mixtures were performed at 70-150 degrees C and varying total hydrocarbon pressure from 0.0004 to 0.05 bar. Separation of the different isomers could be achieved. In general, it was found that the adsorption selectivity increases with increasing partial pressure or degree of pore filling. The separation at a high degree of pore filling in the vapor phase is a result of differences in packing modes of the C8 alkylaromatic components in the pores of MIL-47.

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