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Synthesis and characterization of nanocomposite B-MFI-alumina hollow fibre membranes and application to xylene isomer separation

Deng, Z., Nicolas, C.-H., Guo, Y., Giroir-Fendler, A. and Pera-Titus, M. 2010. Synthesis and characterization of nanocomposite B-MFI-alumina hollow fibre membranes and application to xylene isomer separation. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 133 (1-3) , pp. 18-26. 10.1016/j.micromeso.2010.04.006

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Abstract

In this study, Al-MFI and B-MFI hollow fibre membranes with nanocomposite architecture have been prepared by pore-plugging hydrothermal synthesis at 443 K for 89 h using a precursor clear solution with the molar composition 1 SiO2: 0.45 TPAOH: 27.8 H2O: (0.01 H3BO3). The structure and morphology of the synthesized materials has been analyzed by XRD, FTIR, ICP-AES, MAS-NMR, SEM and single gas permeation, reflecting in the case of B-MFI samples partial isomorphous substitution of framework Al and Si by boron (up to 1 B atom/uc). The separation performance of the membranes has been evaluated by n-butane/H2 and xylene isomer separations. The B-MFI hollow fibre membranes show improved separation performance towards p-xylene separation compared to conventional Al-based MFI-alumina hollow fibre membranes. Pre-adsorption of n-hexane or TMB has little effect on ternary xylene separation, suggesting the absence of intercrystalline mesoporous domains.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1387-1811
Date of Acceptance: 5 April 2010
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2020 14:15
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/135420

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