Special Issue "Membranes for Gas Separation"

A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Zhien Zhang
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William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210, USA
Interests: CO2 capture and storage (CCS); membrane; absorption
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Dr. Alessio Fuoco
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Institute on Membrane Technology, ITM-CNR, Via P. Bucci, Cubo 17/C, 87036 Rende (CS), Italy
Interests: polymeric and mixed matrix membranes; gas separation membranes; computational methods for membrane science; transport phenomena
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Dr. Guangwei He
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Laboratory of Advanced Separations, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Interests: gas separation membranes; ion conducting membranes; nanoporous materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Generally, gas emissions can be removed using various methods, such as absorption, adsorption, cryogenic distillation, etc. Gas separation via the employment of membranes is noteworthy due to their high energy efficiency and productivity, and effective integration with the plants among the technologies for gas removal. However, there are still information gaps in the fields of membrane preparation and characterization, separation mechanisms, process optimization, and large-scale applications. Based on these ideas, we are inviting authors to submit original research and review papers in a broad range of topics for the Special Issue on “Membranes for Gas Separation”. Experimental and modeling works focused on gas separation using membrane approaches in a wide variety of application fields as well as reviews or technical notes in terms of the emerging and promising technologies on latest developments in gas separation membranes are highly welcome.

Dr. Zhien Zhang
Dr. Alessio Fuoco
Dr. Guangwei He
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • membrane
  • separation mechanism
  • gas separation
  • process intensification
  • membrane contactor
  • modeling

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Synthesis of Imidazolium based PILs and Investigation of Their Blend Membranes for Gas Separation
Membranes 2019, 9(12), 164; https://doi.org/10.3390/membranes9120164 - 03 Dec 2019
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Polymeric (ionic liquid) (PIL) copolymers bearing cationic imidazolium pendants and polar acrylic acid groups (P(VBCImY-co-AAx)), which both favor the interaction with CO2 molecules, have been synthesized and blended with film forming, high glass transition temperature aromatic polyether-based pyridinium PILs (PILPyr). [...] Read more.
Polymeric (ionic liquid) (PIL) copolymers bearing cationic imidazolium pendants and polar acrylic acid groups (P(VBCImY-co-AAx)), which both favor the interaction with CO2 molecules, have been synthesized and blended with film forming, high glass transition temperature aromatic polyether-based pyridinium PILs (PILPyr). The blend membranes based on the above combination have been prepared and characterized in respect to their thermal and morphological behavior as well as to their gas separation properties. The used copolymers and blends showed a wide range of glass transition temperatures from 32 to 286 °C, while blends exhibited two phase morphology despite the presence of polar groups in the blend components that could participate in specific interactions. Finally, the membranes were studied in terms of their gas separation behavior. It revealed that blend composition, counter anion type and acrylic acid molar percentage affect the gas separation properties. In particular, PILPyr-TFSI/P(VBCImTFSI-co-AA20) blend with 80/20 composition shows CO2 permeability of 7.00 Barrer and quite high selectivity of 103 for the CO2/CH4 gas pair. Even higher CO2/CH4. selectivity of 154 was achieved for PILPyr-BF4/P(VBCImBF4-co-AA10) blend with composition 70/30. Full article
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Chemical Absorption of CO2 Enhanced by Nanoparticles Using a Membrane Contactor: Modeling and Simulation
Membranes 2019, 9(11), 150; https://doi.org/10.3390/membranes9110150 - 11 Nov 2019
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In the present work, membrane resistance was estimated and analyzed, and the results showed that total membrane resistance increased sharply when membrane pores were wetted. For further study, a two-dimensional (2D) mathematical model was developed to predict the chemical absorption of CO2 [...] Read more.
In the present work, membrane resistance was estimated and analyzed, and the results showed that total membrane resistance increased sharply when membrane pores were wetted. For further study, a two-dimensional (2D) mathematical model was developed to predict the chemical absorption of CO2 in aqueous methyldiethanolamine (MDEA)-based carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in a hollow fiber membrane (HFM) contactor. The membrane was divided into wet and dry regions, and equations were developed and solved using finite element method in COSMOL. The results revealed that the existence of solid nanoparticles enhanced CO2 removal rate. The variables with more significant influence were liquid flow rate and concentration of nanoparticles. Furthermore, there was a good match between experimental and modeling results, with the modeling estimates almost coinciding with experimental data. Solvent enhanced by solid nanoparticles significantly improved the separation performance of the membrane contactor. There was around 20% increase in CO2 removal when 0.5 wt% CNT was added to 5 wt% aqueous MDEA. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1.
Author:
Yoshi Okamoto
Affiliation:
Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Six MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
Planned Topic:
Perfluoropolymers for gas separation applications

2.
Author: Tae-Hyun Kim
Affiliation: Organic Material Synthesis Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Incheon National University, Incheon, 22012, Korea

3.
Author: Tonghua Wang
Affiliation: State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals, Carbon Research Laboratory, School of Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, 2 Linggong Road, Dalian 116024, China

4.
Author: 
Ilnaz Zaripov
Affiliation:
Department for Materials Science, Welding and Industrial Safety, Kazan National Research Technical University, n.a. A.N. Tupolev, 10 K. Marx str., 420111 Kazan, Russia

5.
Author: Greg Mutch
Affiliation:
School of Engineering, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK

6.
Author:
Guozhao Ji
Affiliation:
School of Environmental Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China

7.
Author:
Xueqin Li
Affiliation:
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering/Key Laboratory for Green Processing of Chemical Engineering of Xinjiang Bingtuan, Shihezi University, Shihezi, Xinjiang 832003, China
Title: Blend membranes for efficient CO2 separation

8.
Author: Bernardo Castro-Dominguez
Affiliation:
Centre for Advanced Separations Engineering (CASE), Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Bath, UK

9.
Author: Elena Tocci
Affiliation: Institute on Membrane Technology, ITM-CNR, Via P. Bucci, Cubo 17/C, 87036 Rende (CS), Italy

10.
Author:
Kunli Goh
Affiliation: Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 637141, Singapore

11.
Author: Nur Awanis Hashim
Affiliation: University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

12.
Author: Caili Zhang
Affiliation: School of Materials and Mechanical Engineering, Beijing Technology & Business University, Beijing 100048, China

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