Here, we present the synthesis of SAPO-34 crystals using various crystal growth inhibitors (PEG, C12E6 & MB) and several structure directing agents (TEAOH, DPA, Morpholine, TEA & CTAB). Crystal growth inhibitors play an important role in changing the alkalinity of the synthesis of gel and during phase transition of SAPO-34. They also interact with reactive sites of the precursors suppressing the crystal growth. The resultant SAPO-34 crystals were characterized by BET, XRD, SEM, Raman, FTIR, TGA and CO2/CH4 adsorption. The incorporation of crystal growth inhibitors during synthesis led to a remarkable decrease in crystal size from ~2 Ám to ~0.5 Ám. The surface area of the SAPO-34 crystals was significantly improved from ~450 m2/g to ~700 m2/g. The crystallinity of SAPO-34 was confirmed by XRD and FTIR. These ~0.5 Ám SAPO-34 crystals can be potentially used as seeds to prepare the thin membranes on porous supports to separate the CO2 from CH4 Čto increase the energy content of the natural gas.