High p-xylene selectivity in aluminum-based metal–organic framework with 1-D channels

Hyun Jin Bae, Seung Ik Kim, Yujin Choi, Kyung Min Kim, Youn Sang Bae

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The separation of highly pure p-xylene (pX) from xylene isomers is an industrially important and challenging issue. Although simulated moving bed (SMB) processes using faujasite zeolites are currently used for pX separation, developing novel adsorbents with improved pX separation performances is strongly needed. In this study, an aluminum-based metal–organic framework (MOF), MIL-120(Al) with 1-D channels of approximately 7 Å, exhibited considerably high pX selectivities compared to xylene isomers (αpX/oX: ∼31; αpX/mX: ∼17; αpX/EB: ∼7.5; αpX/OME: ∼11), which are superior to reported values for other MOFs and zeolites under similar conditions. Such high selectivities may originate from the proper pore shape and size of MIL-120(Al). MIL-120(Al) also showed good cyclic adsorption properties as well as superior hydrothermal and chemical stabilities. Finally, a dynamic simulation showed that MIL-120(Al) could achieve approximately complete separation of pX from a xylene isomer mixture using an SMB process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-341
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Jan 25

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  • General Chemical Engineering


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