Inorganic membranes for carbon dioxide and nitrogen separation

Matthew Anderson, Haibing Wang, Jerry Lin

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Abstract

Inorganic membranes capable of separating carbon dioxide and nitrogen mixture offer potential applications in membrane process for postcombustion carbon dioxide capture. This article provides a concise review of carbon dioxide permeation and separation characteristics and the chemical and thermal stability of microporous carbon, silica, and zeolite membranes. Gas permeation and separation through these microporous membranes generally occur by the solution (adsorption) and diffusion mechanism. All of these membranes are permselective for carbon dioxide over nitrogen because carbon dioxide has a large solubility and mobility in membrane micropores in comparison to nitrogen. These microporous membranes exhibit good carbon dioxide permeance (up to 10 -6 mol m -2 s -1 Pa -1) and extremely high carbon dioxide to nitrogen selectivity (up to 500) at around room temperature. The selectivity diminishes above 200°C because the membrane selectivity is controlled by diffusion, and the diffusivity ratio for carbon dioxide to nitrogen is < 2. At around room temperature, zeolite (especially Y type) membranes offer attractive properties for use in postcombustion carbon dioxide capture. New membranes such as dense mixed-conducting ceramic-carbonate dual-phase membranes show high carbon dioxide separation performance at high temperatures and may be used in precombustion processes for carbon dioxide capture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-121
Number of pages21
JournalReviews in Chemical Engineering
Volume28
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2012

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Carbon Dioxide
Carbon dioxide
Nitrogen
Membranes
Zeolites
Permeation
Precombustion
Permselective membranes
Carbonates
Chemical stability
Silicon Dioxide
Temperature
Thermodynamic stability
Carbon
Solubility
Gases
Silica
Adsorption

Keywords

  • Carbon dioxide capture
  • Gas separation and sequestration
  • Inorganic membranes

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  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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Inorganic membranes for carbon dioxide and nitrogen separation. / Anderson, Matthew; Wang, Haibing; Lin, Jerry.

In: Reviews in Chemical Engineering, Vol. 28, No. 2-3, 07.2012, p. 101-121.

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Anderson, Matthew ; Wang, Haibing ; Lin, Jerry. / Inorganic membranes for carbon dioxide and nitrogen separation. In: Reviews in Chemical Engineering. 2012 ; Vol. 28, No. 2-3. pp. 101-121.
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