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Surface Hydrophobicity and Guest Permeability in Polydimethylsiloxane-Coated MIL-53 as Studied by Solid-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

 Date:2023/7/28 16:31:59 Views:Times


Experimental characterization of the hydrophobic porous materials at the atomic and molecular levels is of great significance, but exploring their hydrophobicity characteristics and interactions with guest molecules with distinct polarity is still challenging. In this work, solid-state NMR is employed to characterize the surface hydrophobicity and explore the guest solvent permeability in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)-coated MIL-53. It was found that the PDMS-coated MIL-53 was hydrophobic to water and infiltrated to methanol, acetone, benzene, toluene, and ethylbenzene solvents. In addition, two types of guest solvents (methanol, acetone, benzene, toluene, and ethylbenzene), inside the pore and outside the pore of PDMS-coated MIL-53, were clearly identified using two-dimensional 1H–1H homo-nuclear correlation NMR experiments. Moreover, the membrane thickness of the PDMS-coated MIL-53 could be determined from the analysis of the 1H–1H spin diffusion buildup curves. Furthermore, the permeability of benzene, toluene, and ethylbenzene at different PDMS coating levels was extracted from 1H MAS NMR. The increase of the hydrophobic PDMS layer resulted in a decrease of the penetration of aromatic guests to the internal pore of MIL-53. This work provides deep insights into the understanding of guest solvent permeability of hydrophobic layer-coated MOFs in the application fields of catalysis and separation.


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