Synergistic Effect of Co-Filler Mixed Matrix Membrane in Gas Permeation and Separation Processes

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Membranes for gas separation have already become a promising field of technology offering manyprocessing and cost advantages. The appearance of mixed matrix membranes (MMMs), where fillers havebeen added to a polymer slurry before casting, has further improved the gas permeability and selectivity ofplain polymer membranes. Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) were natural candidates for this enhancement.However, there is a lack of literature on the effect of “co-filler” MMMs, a term coined by us, wheresynergistic interaction should take place. This proposal describes a detailed plan, starting from the synthesisof MOFs, casting of MMMs, and confirmation of membrane structure using X-ray diffraction and scanningelectron microscopy, and quantifying particle-matrix interaction using differential scanning calorimetry andFTIR. Finally, gas transport properties including single-gas permeation and gas pair selectivity will bemeasured to verify whether co-filler does indeed increase membrane performance.
Effective start/end date1/08/1731/07/18

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In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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