Journal article

Enhancing gas permeability in mixed matrix membranes through tuning the nanoparticle properties

Shinji Kanehashi, George Q Chen, Colin A Scholes, Berkay Ozcelik, Carol Hua, Lachlan Ciddor, Peter D Southon, Deanna M D'Alessandro, Sandra E Kentish

JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2015

Abstract

Mixed matrix membranes containing a variety of nanoparticles were fabricated by the solvent casting method using a commercial aromatic polyimide as the base polymer. All gas permeabilities increased with increasing particle loading with no reduction in the selectivity, reflecting adequate polymer/particle compatibility. Importantly, under such conditions the permeability enhancement depended only upon the pore volume within the particle, regardless of the particle chemistry or the morphology of the membrane structure. Remarkably, despite a range of membrane chemistries and filler loadings, this permeability enhancement could be readily described with a simple free volume relationship. The re..

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Grants

Awarded by Scientific and Industry Endowment Fund in Australia (SIEF Grant)


Awarded by JSPS Grant


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the Scientific and Industry Endowment Fund in Australia (SIEF Grant ID RP02-035) and a Grant-in-Aid for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellows (JSPS Grant ID 2410856).