A hybrid processing method for high performance hydrogen-selective silica membranes
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NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Membrane Science. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 297, Issues 1–2, 5 July 2007, Pages 5–9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2007.03.034
Development of high performance hydrogen-selective inorganic membrane has become an important requisite for the production of hydrogen, an energy carrier that could cater the ongoing energy revolution. This paper describes a novel, hybrid method to process high performance hydrogen perm-selective membranes by the rapid CVD modification of a sol-gel silica layer. The initial N2 permeance values through a membrane were brought down by four orders of magnitude to 2.741010 mol m2 s1 Pa1 within 5 min of CVD, while maintaining the H2 permeance values as high as 6.43107 mol m2 s1 Pa1 (H2/N2 = 2300). It is likely that the reduction in the CVD zone thickness achieved by the presence of pre-existing sol-gel silica layer is the reason for the rapid modification of the pore structure to high performance membranes.
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