Permeation of single gases in thin zeolite MFI membranes

A.J. Burggraaf, Z.A.E.P. Vroon, K. Keizer, H. Verweij

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The permeation of a series of gases with widely different Lennard-Jones kinetic diameters and sorption properties is investigated as a function of feed pressure (up to 100 kPa) and temperature (298–473 K) with two different methods. The membrane system studied consists of an MFI (silicalite) top-layer (thickness 3 μm) directly grown on an α-alumina support. Flux values of molecules with a kinetic diameter, dk, <0.45 nm (H2, CO2 and n-alkanes (CH4 to n-butane)) are in the range of 1.5–15 mmol m−2 s−1. Size exclusion is found for o-xylene (dk=0.68 nm) and 2,2-dimethylbutane (dk=0.60 nm). Flux values are obtained for iso-butane, SF6 and benzene, intermediate between those for small molecules and those for molecules with size exclusion. Maxima in the curve of flux versus temperature are found for gases with non-linear Langmuir-type adsorption curves as a function of pressure. The temperature of maxima at 100 kPa pressure increases in the order of CO2<ethane<propane<butane and shifts to higher values with increasing pressure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-86
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of membrane science
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Ceramic membranes
  • Diffusion
  • Gas separations
  • Microporous and porous membranes


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