Journal article

Polymeric membrane gas separation performance improvements through supercritical CO2 treatment

Colin A Scholes, Shinji Kanehashi

JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2018

Abstract

Supercritical carbon dioxide (sc-CO2) will plasticize and partially solubilise polymeric membranes, resulting in alteration to the polymer morphology, impacting the gas separation properties. Here, cellulose triacetate (CTA) and polyimides, Matrimid and 6FDA-TMPDA membranes were exposed to supercritical CO2 for 2 and 8 h, followed by two depressurization protocols; a rapid depressurization of 12 MPa/min and a slow depressurization of 0.17 MPa/min. The resulting impact on He, N2, CH4 and CO2 permeability as well as the corresponding selectivities were then quantified. Matrimid membranes undergo substantial plasticization in the presence of sc-CO2 resulting in significant increases in permeabi..

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