Carbon molecular sieve membranes for biofuel separation

Pei Shi Tin, Huey Yi Lin, Rui Chin Ong, Tai-Shung Chung

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Abstract

A feasibility study was conducted to explore the potential application of carbon molecular sieve membranes (CMSMs) in biofuel separation through pervaporation. "Defect-free" carbon/ceramic composite membranes were prepared as the separation barrier for the dehydration of ethanol. The supported CMSM carbonized at 650 °C showed a great total flux of 4 kg/m2 h with a reasonably high separation factor of 50 at a feed temperature of 60 °C and did not swell in high temperature operations. These carbon membranes demonstrate outstanding separation performance and offer a viable alternative to current membranes for the separation and purification of biofuels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-375
Number of pages7
JournalCarbon
Volume49
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)

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