Journal article

Functionalized Boron Nitride Nanosheets: A Thermally Rearranged Polymer Nanocomposite Membrane for Hydrogen Separation

Yuqi Wang, Ze-Xian Low, Seungju Kim, Huacheng Zhang, Xiaofang Chen, Jue Hou, Jong Geun Seong, Young Moo Lee, George P Simon, Chris HJ Davies, Huanting Wang

Angewandte Chemie International Edition | WILEY-V C H VERLAG GMBH | Published : 2018


Amino functionalized boron nitride nanosheets (FBN) were incorporated into a crosslinked, thermally rearranged polyimide (XTR) to fabricate FBN-XTR nanocomposite membrane. The FBN-XTR membrane exhibited a small decrease in H2 permeability but demonstrated a remarkably increased H2 gas selectivity over other gases, compared with XTR. The XTR membrane heat-treated at 425 °C had a H2 permeability of 210 Barrers and a H2 /CH4 separation factor of 24.1, whereas the nanocomposite membrane with 1 wt % FBN exhibited a H2 permeability of 110 Barrers and H2 /CH4 separation factor of 275, an order of magnitude greater. At 1 wt % FBN loading, the FBN-XTR membrane showed three times higher tensile streng..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian Research Council (Discovery Project no. DP170102964). The authors thank the staff of Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy at Monash University for their technical assistance with SEM and TEM and Meipeng Jiang for the assistance of AFM characterization.