Through IR microimaging the spatially and temporally resolved development of the CO2 concentration in a ZIF‐8@6FDA‐DAM mixed matrix membrane was visualized during transient adsorption. By recording the evolution of the CO2 concentration, it is observed that the CO2 molecules propagate from the ZIF‐8 filler, which acts as a transport "highway", towards the surrounding polymer. A high‐CO2‐concentration layer is formed at the MOF/polymer interface, which becomes more pronounced at higher CO2 gas pressures. A microscopic explanation of the origins of this phenomenon is suggested by means of molecular modeling. By applying a computational methodology combining quantum and force‐field based calculations, the formation of microvoids at the MOF/polymer interface is predicted. Grand Canonical Monte Carlo simulations further demonstrate that CO2 tends to preferentially reside in these microvoids, which is expected to facilitate CO2 accumulation at the interface.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to) 5156-5160
JournalAngewandte Chemie-International Edition
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2018


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