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PVA-Based Mixed Matrix Membranes Comprising ZSM-5 for Cations Separation

CAS Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, iCHEM (Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemistry for Energy Materials), Department of Applied Chemistry, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China
Applied Engineering Technology Research Center for Functional Membranes, Institute of Advanced Technology, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230088, China
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Membranes 2020, 10(6), 114;
Received: 15 May 2020 / Revised: 28 May 2020 / Accepted: 28 May 2020 / Published: 30 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Electromembrane Processes: Experiments and Modelling)
The traditional ion-exchange membranes face the trade-off effect between the ion flux and perm-selectivity, which limits their application for selective ion separation. Herein, we amalgamated various amounts of the ZSM-5 with the polyvinyl alcohol as ions transport pathways to improve the permeability of monovalent cations and exclusively reject the divalent cations. The highest contents of ZSM-5 in the mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) can be extended up to 60 wt% while the MMMs with optimized content (50 wt%) achieved high perm-selectivity of 34.4 and 3.7 for H+/Zn2+ and Li+/Mg2+ systems, respectively. The obtained results are high in comparison with the commercial CSO membrane. The presence of cationic exchange sites in the ZSM-5 initiated the fast transport of proton, while the microporous crystalline morphology restricted the active transport of larger hydrated cations from the solutions. Moreover, the participating sites and porosity of ZSM-5 granted continuous channels for ions electromigration in order to give high limiting current density to the MMMs. The SEM analysis further exhibited that using ZSM-5 as conventional fillers, gave a uniform and homogenous formation to the membranes. However, the optimized amount of fillers and the assortment of a proper dispersion phase are two critical aspects and must be considered to avoid defects and agglomeration of these enhancers during the formation of membranes. View Full-Text
Keywords: ZSM-5 zeolite; electrodialysis; monovalent cation separation; mixed matrix membrane ZSM-5 zeolite; electrodialysis; monovalent cation separation; mixed matrix membrane
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Sheng, F.; Afsar, N.U.; Zhu, Y.; Ge, L.; Xu, T. PVA-Based Mixed Matrix Membranes Comprising ZSM-5 for Cations Separation. Membranes 2020, 10, 114.

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