Doped microporous hybrid silica membranes for gas separation

H.F. Qureshi, R. Besselink, Johan E. ten Elshof, Arian Nijmeijer, Aloysius J.A. Winnubst

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Hybrid silica (i.e., bis-triethoxysilylethane: BTESE) membranes doped with B, Ta or Nb were made through a sol–gel process. Triethyl borate, tantalum (V) ethoxide (TPE) and niobium (V) ethoxide (NPE) were selected as doping precursors. The doping concentration was optimized to produce sols, suitable for membrane fabrication. Thermal stability, structural analysis, cross-sectional micrographs and single gas permeation experiments were performed on these membranes, and results are compared with an undoped BTESE membrane. It was observed that the synthesized doped BTESE materials and membranes resulted into a more open (and, in one occurrence, SF6 permeable) pore microstructure, showing high permeances of larger gas molecules, while having a cross-sectional thickness comparable to undoped BTESE membranes
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)180-188
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of sol-gel science and technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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