Effect of end groups and grafting on the CO2 separation performance of poly(ethylene glycol) based membranes

Jianzhong Xia, Songlin Liu, Tai-Shung Chung*

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Rubbery membranes have attracted significant attention for the CO 2/light gas separation due to their relative high permeability and high solubility selectivity. This work reports universal strategies to tailor CO2 permeability and CO2/light gas permselectivity via blending or grafting of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) derivatives into or onto organic-inorganic membrane (OIM) substrates. A PEG derivative is blended into the substrate which contains inorganic siloxane networks and poly(ethylene oxide) segments followed by thermal grafting. Ultrahigh CO2 permeability (982 barrer at 45 °C) is achieved via physical blending, while extremely high CO2 permeability (1840 barrer at 45 °C) is obtained after chemical grafting. Neither of these two modification methods shows the loss of CO2/H2 and CO2/N2 selectivity compared to the substrate. Melting and crystallization behaviors of this PEG derivative are believed to significantly affect the overall gas permeation performance. All the features make these OIMs promising membrane materials for CO2 capture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7727-7736
Number of pages10
Issue number19
StatePublished - Oct 11 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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