Silica Modified Membrane for Carbon Dioxide Separation from Natural Gas

Usman Taura, Nasir Kajama

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A dip-coating technique was applied to prepare a selective membrane on a commercial ceramic mesoporous support. Single gas components used for permeance and selectivity were CH4, CO2, H2, He, N2, and O2 (BOC UK) with at least 99.999 (% v/v) purity. The permeances and selectivities were obtained at room temperature and transmembrane pressure differences between 0.05 up to 5.0 barg. Gas permeation experiments showed the permeance of CO2 to be strongly influenced by surface diffusion mechanism. Single gas experiment showed linear flow dependence on the inverse square root of molecular weight at room temperature and 1.0 barg. The single gas selectivities were found to be higher than the ideal Knudsen separation mechanism. The highest CO2/CH4 selectivity value of 24.07 was obtained at 0.7 barg and room temperature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43
Number of pages52
Journalnanohybrids and composites
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • dip-coating technique
  • silica membrane

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