Tuning sol size to optimize organosilica membranes for gas separation

Huating Song, Yibin Wei, Chenying Wang, Shuaifei Zhao*, Hong Qi

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    A series of organosilica sols are prepared by the polymeric sol–gel method using 1, 2-bis(triethoxysilyl)ethane (BTESE) as the precursor. Particle size distributions of the BTESE-derived sols are systematically investigated by carefully adjusting the synthesis parameters (i.e., water ratios, acid ratios and solvent ratios) in the sol process. In certain conditions, increasing the water ratio or the acid ratio tends to cause larger sol sizes and bimodal particle size distributions. However, higher solvent ratios lead to smaller sol sizes and unimodal particle size distributions. The organosilica membranes prepared from the optimized sols show excellent H2 permeances (up to 4.2 × 10− 7 mol·m− 2·s− 1·Pa− 1) and gas permselectitivies (H2/CO2 is 9.5, H2/N2 is 50 and H2/CH4 is 68). This study offers significant insights into the relationship between the sol synthesis parameters, sol sizes and membrane performance.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)53-59
    Number of pages7
    JournalChinese Journal of Chemical Engineering
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


    • gas separation
    • organosilica membrane
    • sol synthesis
    • sol–gel

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