Pd-doped organosilica membrane with enhanced gas permeability and hydrothermal stability for gas separation

Huating Song, Shuaifei Zhao*, Jiaojiao Lei, Chenying Wang, Hong Qi

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    Abstract

    A Pd-doped organosilica membrane based on bis(triethoxysilyl)ethane is successfully developed by the polymeric sol–gel method. Its microstructure, chemical composition, and separation performance are compared with those of the undoped organosilica membrane. Gas adsorption analysis indicates that the Pd-doped organosilica membrane has larger micropores compared with the undoped organosilica membrane. The gas permeation results show that the Pd-doped organosilica membrane has much higher gas permeances than the undoped organosilica membrane due to the enlarged micropores after Pd-doping. The Pd-doped organosilica membrane also exhibits a significantly improved hydrothermal stability. The enhanced hydrothermal stability can be explained by the mechanism that Pd particles act as inhibitors and prevent the formation of mobile silica groups (e.g., Si–OH) under steam condition. Metal-doping (e.g., Pd-doping in this work) may offer a new approach to develop high performance membranes with enhanced gas permeances and hydrothermal stabilities in gas separation applications.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)6275-6286
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Materials Science
    Volume51
    Issue number13
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016

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