Enhanced CO2 separation in membranes with anion-cation dual pathways

Zhikun Yan, Mengyao Zhang, Feng Shi, Bin Zhu, Min Liu, Shaofei Wang, Yifan Li, Suzana Pereira Nunes

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The factors contributing to the water-facilitated CO2 capture in membranes are investigated. Since CO2 transports through such hydrated membrane mainly in the form of bicarbonate, there is a pressing need for exploring the ionic transport mechanism. Herein, a series of composite charged membranes comprising a negatively charged polymer matrix and positively charged filler is proposed. For that, polymer brushes bearing imidazolium cations are grafted on graphene oxide and then dispersed in sulfonated poly (ether ether ketone) (SPEEK). Compared with the pristine SPEEK membranes, a significant enhancement in both CO2 permeability and CO2/N2 selectivity is observed. The encouraging results are discussed considering proton conductivity and bicarbonate diffusivity. More interestingly, the membranes show simultaneously higher CO2 permeability and CO2/N2 selectivity when the operating pressure or temperature are increased, supporting the occurrence of ionic transport mechanism arising from the unique anion-cation dual pathways at the polymer-filler interface.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-365
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of CO2 Utilization
StatePublished - Feb 28 2020


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