Influence of support layer resistance on oxygen fluxes through asymmetric membranes based on perovskite-type oxides SrTi1-xFexO3-δ

F. Schulze-Küppers, S. Baumann, W. A. Meulenberg, H. J.M. Bouwmeester*

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Asymmetric membranes of mixed ionic-electronic conducting perovskite-type oxides SrTi1-xFexO3-δ (STF, x = 0.3, 0.5 and 0.7) were prepared by inverse sequential tape-casting. Both porous support (~600 μm) and functional membrane layer (~20 μm) for a given membrane assembly were made from the same composition to ensure thermochemical compatibility between the layers. Oxygen fluxes were assessed in the range 650 -1020 °C, using either (non-pressurized) ambient air or pure oxygen as feed gas at the support side of the asymmetric membrane and argon as sweep gas. Notably, similar oxygen fluxes (~1.2 × 10−6 mol cm−2 s−1) are measured through the membranes of different compositions above 950 °C when using ambient air as feed gas. This observation is interpreted to reflect the major role of the support layer resistance in rate-limiting the oxygen fluxes through the STF asymmetric membranes, which conclusion is supported by comparison of the oxygen fluxes with those measured previously through asymmetric membranes of Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ (BSCF) and La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ (LSCF). A simple diffusion-convection model is used to account for the observed gas phase polarization in the porous support layers limiting the oxygen fluxes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number117704
JournalJournal of membrane science
Early online date2 Dec 2019
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2020



  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • Oxygen transport membrane
  • Perovskite
  • SrTiFeO
  • Asymmetric membranes
  • SrTi1-xFexO3-delta

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