Document Type : Reasearch Paper
Department of Chemical Engineering, North Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.
Separation Processes Research Group (SPRG), Department of Engineering, University of Kashan, Kashan, Iran.
Energy Research Institute, University of Kashan, Ghotb-e-Ravandi Ave., Kashan, Iran.
The performances of two-phase polymer-liquid PEBAX®/polyethylene glycol (PEG) and three-phase polymer-liquid-solid PEBAX®/PEG/MWNT thin film composite membranes for CO2 and CH4 permeation were studied. The effect of temperature and MWNT/PEBAX® ratio on single gas (CO2 and CH4) permeability was investigated. The permeation of both gases was measured at different temperatures from 303 to 323 ˚K. The results exhibited that the PEBAX®/PEG/MWNT membrane had better permeability for CO2 in comparison to the PEBAX®/PEG membrane, whereas CO2/CH4 selectivities in both membranes were almost the same; i.e. MWNT filler promoted the performance of PEBAX®/PEG membrane in CO2/CH4 Separation. Also, the permeability increases with temperature in all experiments. For the three-phase PEBAX®/PEG/MWNT membrane, CO2 permeability was determined 221 Barrer in 323˚K and the selectivity was obtained as 23 in 303 ˚K.