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Materials 2012, 5(11), 2101-2136; doi:10.3390/ma5112101
Review

Potential Applications of Zeolite Membranes in Reaction Coupling Separation Processes

1,* , 1,2
 and 2
1 Biochemical and Reactions Engineering Group, Department of Chemical Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife 220005, Osun State, Nigeria 2 Department of Chemical Engineering, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town 8000, South Africa
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 26 July 2012 / Revised: 28 August 2012 / Accepted: 13 September 2012 / Published: 30 October 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Zeolite Membranes: Novel Synthesis and Innovative Applications)
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Abstract

Future production of chemicals (e.g., fine and specialty chemicals) in industry is faced with the challenge of limited material and energy resources. However, process intensification might play a significant role in alleviating this problem. A vision of process intensification through multifunctional reactors has stimulated research on membrane-based reactive separation processes, in which membrane separation and catalytic reaction occur simultaneously in one unit. These processes are rather attractive applications because they are potentially compact, less capital intensive, and have lower processing costs than traditional processes. Therefore this review discusses the progress and potential applications that have occurred in the field of zeolite membrane reactors during the last few years. The aim of this article is to update researchers in the field of process intensification and also provoke their thoughts on further research efforts to explore and exploit the potential applications of zeolite membrane reactors in industry. Further evaluation of this technology for industrial acceptability is essential in this regard. Therefore, studies such as techno-economical feasibility, optimization and scale-up are of the utmost importance.
Keywords: zeolite materials; applications of zeolites; zeolite membrane reactors; process intensification zeolite materials; applications of zeolites; zeolite membrane reactors; process intensification
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Daramola, M.O.; Aransiola, E.F.; Ojumu, T.V. Potential Applications of Zeolite Membranes in Reaction Coupling Separation Processes. Materials 2012, 5, 2101-2136.

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