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  • 1.
    Cai, Juanjaun
    et al.
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing, China.
    Jiang, Leilei
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing, China.
    Huaming, Wei
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing, China.
    Chongqing, Wang
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing, China.
    Yu, Liang
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Zhang, Lixiong
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing, China.
    Preparation of carbon/cobalt composite from phenolic resin and ZIF-67 for efficient tannic acid adsorption2019In: Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, ISSN 1387-1811, E-ISSN 1873-3093, Vol. 287, p. 9-17Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In the present work, a carbon/cobalt composite was prepared and evaluated for adsorption of ecologically harmful tannic acid (TA). The composite was prepared by simply mixing phenolic resin with ZIF-67 and following by carbonization. TEM and SEM images showed that ZIF-67 was etched by phenolic resin and cobalt nanoparticles were formed and evenly distributed in carbon. Macroporous structure was generated between the carbonized phenolic resin and ZIF-67. N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms results exhibited that the composite also had both micro- and meso-pores (average pore size of 5 nm) with a high surface area of 393 m2 g−1. Porous structure and evenly distributed cobalt nanoparticles facilitated the diffusion and adsorption of TA due to the formation of the complex between TA macromolecules and cobalt. The highest observed adsorption amount was as high as 2778 mg g−1, significantly higher than that of the carbon prepared from carbonization of phenolic resin (205 mg g−1) and ZIF-67 (1375 mg g−1). The carbon composite material is easy to recover and reuse due to the magnetic property. The reuse experiment also showed high stability of the composite. All of the results indicated a great potential of the developed carbon composite material in wastewater treatment in the industry.

  • 2.
    Ju, Minhua
    et al.
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University.
    Li, Yupeng
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University.
    Yu, Liang
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Wang, Chongqing
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing.
    Zhang, Lixiong
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing.
    Preparation of size-controllable monodispersed carbon@silica core-shell microspheres and hollow silica microspheres2017In: Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, ISSN 1387-1811, E-ISSN 1873-3093, Vol. 247, p. 75-85Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Size-controllable monodispersed carbon@silica core-shell microspheres and hollow silica microspheres were prepared in a simple homemade T-type mixer by polymerization of furfuryl alcohol (FA) and hydrolysis of TEOS in H2SO4 water phase microdroplets to obtain polyfurfuryl alcohol (PFA)@silica microspheres, followed by carbonization and calcination. The FA and TEOS diffuse into the water phase from an oil phase. The flow rates of oil and water phase were 4 and 2 ml h−1, respectively. It was found that the concentration of FA has a more significant effect on the diameter of carbon@silica core-shell microspheres than TEOS due to the template effect of the PFA core. However, the diameter of the hollow silica microspheres was influenced by the concentration of TEOS more significantly. The obtained core-shell microspheres and hollow silica microspheres have large surface area of 555 and 769 m2 g−1, respectively. The hollow silica microspheres have both microporous and mesoporous structure, and the percentage of mesoporous volume was as high as 89%. In addition, based on the study results, a rational formation process of the carbon@silica core-shell microsphere and hollow silica microspheres was assumed.

  • 3.
    Ju, Minhua
    et al.
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University , P. R. China.
    Li, Yupeng
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University , P. R. China.
    Yu, Liang
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Wang, Chongqing
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University , P. R. China.
    Zhang, Lixiong
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University , P. R. China.
    Two-Phase Diffusion Technique for the Preparation of Ultramacroporous/Mesoporous Silica Microspheres via Interface Hydrolysis, Diffusion, and Gelation of TEOS2018In: Langmuir, ISSN 0743-7463, E-ISSN 1520-5827, Vol. 34, no 5, p. 2046-2056Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Honeycombed hierarchical ultramacroporous/mesoporous silica microspheres were prepared via the hydrolysis of TEOS in the oil-water interface, with subsequent diffusion and gelation in the acidic water-phase microdroplets with the assistance of a simple homemade microdevice. The diffusion of furfuryl alcohol (FA) also happened at a relatively high rate during the hydrolysis and diffusion of TEOS. Therefore, plenty of FA will be inside of the water microdroplets and form a decent number of polyfurfuryl alcohol (PFA) microparticles, thereby obtaining honeycombed hierarchical porosity silica microspheres with abundant ultramacroporous cavities and mesopores after calcination. It was found that the concentration of FA, residence time, and reaction temperature have significant effects on the porosity and pore size due to the influence on the diffusion rate and amount of FA in water-phase microdroplets. The honeycombed silica microspheres have obvious microscopic visible ultramacroporous cavities with the submicrometer cavity diameter as high as 85% porosity based on the rough overall volume of microsphere. N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms show that the honeycombed hierarchical porosity silica microspheres have a high surface area of 602 m2 g-1, a mesopore volume of 0.77 cm3/g, and a mesopore porosity of 99.6% based on the total pore volume of N2 adsorption-desorption. On the basis of the experiment results, a rational formation process of the honeycombed hierarchical porosity silica microspheres was deduced.

  • 4.
    Karimi, Somayeh
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering. Catalysis and Nanostructured Materials Research Laboratory, College of Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Tehran.
    Korelskiy, Danil
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Yu, Liang
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Mouzon, Johanne
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Khodadadi, Abbas Ali
    Catalysis and Nanostructured Materials Research Laboratory, College of Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Tehran.
    Mortazavi, Yadollah
    Catalysis and Nanostructured Materials Research Laboratory, College of Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Tehran.
    Esmaeili, Mohammad
    Catalysis and Nanostructured Materials Research Laboratory, College of Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Tehran.
    Hedlund, Jonas
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    A simple method for blocking defects in zeolite membranes2015In: Journal of Membrane Science, ISSN 0376-7388, E-ISSN 1873-3123, Vol. 489, p. 270-274Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The abatement of defects in zeolite membranes is essential for achieving high selectivity. In the present work, a simple and effective method for blocking defects in ultra-thin (ca. 0.5 μm) MFI zeolite membranes has been developed. The method is based on deposition of an ultra-thin (∼15 nm) layer of amorphous silica on the top surface of the membrane. Permporometry data indicated that the amount of defects, especially defects larger than 4 nm, in the membranes was significantly reduced after the modification. In mixture separation experiments, the CO2/H2 separation factor increased dramatically after blocking the defects in a defective membrane that was selected for the experiments. For instance, at 263 K and 9 bar feed pressure, the CO2/H2 separation factor increased from 8.5 to 36 after modification of the membrane, whereas the CO2 flux only decreased by ca. 40%.

  • 5.
    Wang, Liwei
    et al.
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering and College of Chemical Engineering , Nanjing Tech University , Nanjing, P. R. China.
    Yu, Liang
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Zeng, Changfeng
    College of Mechanical and Power Engineering , Nanjing Tech University , Nanjing , P. R. China. .
    Wang, Chongqing
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering and College of Chemical Engineering , Nanjing Tech University , Nanjing, P. R. China.
    Zhang, Lixiong
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering and College of Chemical Engineering , Nanjing Tech University , Nanjing, P. R. China.
    Fabrication of PAA-PETPTA Janus Microspheres with Respiratory Function for Controlled Release of Guests with Different Sizes2018In: Langmuir, ISSN 0743-7463, E-ISSN 1520-5827, Vol. 34, no 24, p. 7106-7116Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Poly(acrylic acid)–poly(ethoxylated trimethylolpropane triacrylate) (PAA–PETPTA) Janus microspheres with “respiratory” function for controlled release were prepared by polymerization of acrylic acid–ethoxylated trimethylolpropane triacrylate (AA–ETPTA) Janus microdroplets in a continuous oil phase in a simple capillary-based microfluidic device with the assistance of UV radiation. The flow rate ratios of AA and ETPTA phases and surfactant content in the continuous oil phase have a significant effect on the structure of the Janus microspheres. PAA part in the Janus microspheres has respiratory function for loading and release due to the different stimuli responses to different pHs. The hollow structure of PETPTA part with different sizes of opening serves as the host materials for PAA and could control release rate further due to the different opening sizes. The obtained PAA–PETPTA Janus microspheres showed high rhodamine B (RhB) loading of 860 mg g–1 and different controlled-release behavior in water with different pHs. The release rate increases with the increase of pH and the contact area of PAA part with water. The maximum controlled-release time for RhB was about 3 h in water with pH of 5. In addition, the Janus microspheres also showed controlled-release behavior for larger size guests, e.g., 150 nm polystyrene beads, which indicated a wide range of application. The loading and release behaviors for guests, for instance, for RhB, have almost no change even after six times of reuse, which indicated a high stability.

  • 6.
    Yan, Baili
    et al.
    Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing, China.
    Yu, Shuang
    Zeng, Changfeng
    Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing, China.
    Yu, Liang
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering. Luleå University of Technology.
    Wang, Chongqing
    Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing, China.
    Zhang, Lixiong
    Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing, China.
    Binderless zeolite NaX microspheres with enhanced CO2 adsorption selectivity2019In: Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, ISSN 1387-1811, E-ISSN 1873-3093, Vol. 278, p. 267-274Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Zeolite NaX@NaA core-shell microspheres were prepared via a post-treatment secondary growth of zeolite NaA films on outer surface of binderless zeolite NaX microspheres. The obtained core-shell microspheres were composed of intergrown octahedral NaX particles inside, with particles size of ca. 500–750 nm, and continuous zeolite NaA films on the outer surface with the thickness of about 2 μm. Higher CO2 separation performance was observed for the core-shell microspheres comparing to the parental binderless zeolite NaX microspheres. The ideal separation factors of zeolite NaX@NaA core-shell microspheres for CO2/CH4 and CO2/N2 were 13 and 47, and the adsorption selectivities for the corresponding binary mixtures were 308 and 923, significantly higher than the binderless zeolite NaX microspheres of 9 and 19 as well as 264 and 735, respectively. After K+ ion exchanging, the core-shell zeolite microspheres have even higher adsorption selectivities of 326 and 1109 for CO2/CH4 and CO2/N2 binary mixtures. The crushing strength of the binderless zeolite NaX microspheres was increased from 0.46 MPa to 3.42 MPa after the secondary growth. In addition, the growth of zeolite A film was resultant from interzeolite conversion and the interzeolite conversion was investigated by the conversion of zeolite NaX to NaA crystals in NaA membrane synthesis gel.

  • 7.
    Yan, Baili
    et al.
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing .
    Zeng, Changfeng
    College of Mechanic and Power Engineering, Nanjing Tech University.
    Yu, Liang
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Wang, Chongqing
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing.
    Zhang, Lixiong
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing.
    Preparation of hollow zeolite NaA/chitosan composite microspheres via in situ hydrolysis-gelation-hydrothermal synthesis of TEOS2018In: Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, ISSN 1387-1811, E-ISSN 1873-3093, Vol. 257, p. 262-271Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In situ hydrolysis-gelation-hydrothermal (HGH) synthesis of tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) technique was developed to prepare hollow zeolite NaA/chitosan composite microspheres. The chitosan solution coated calcium alginate microspheres served as template to generate hollow structure, which were pre-modified by oleic acid and coated by TEOS. Furthermore, the calcium alginate microspheres were prepared by a simple homemade double T-junction mixer. During the hydrothermal process, the TEOS hydrolyzed and provided silica source for the zeolite NaA shell, meanwhile the inner calcium alginate microsphere core dissolved by the alkaline synthesis mixture and left the hollow structure. The obtained products were characterized by XRD, FT-IR, SEM, TG et al. techniques. The preparation method for calcium alginate microspheres template was simple and the preparation process had no NaA crystal seeds been involved. The hollow size could be adjusted by controlling the synthesis parameters of calcium alginate/chitosan microspheres. In addition, the functional magnetic γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles could be introduced into the cavity during synthesis of calcium alginate/chitosan microspheres and guest magnetic γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles had no effect on the properties of host zeolite NaA. The obtained functional magnetic hollow NaA/chitosan microspheres had decent adsorption performance for Cu2+ ions and were easy to recycle.

  • 8.
    Yu, Liang
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering. Luleå University of Technology.
    Fouladvand, Shahpar
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Grahn, Mattias
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Hedlund, Jonas
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Ultra-thin MFI membranes with different Si/Al ratios for CO2/CH4 separation2019In: Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, ISSN 1387-1811, E-ISSN 1873-3093, Vol. 284, p. 258-269Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Ultra-thin MFI zeolite membranes with different Si/Al ratios (152, 47 and 26) were prepared on graded α-alumina supports in the presence of organic template molecules and evaluated for separation of equimolar CO2/CH4 mixtures at temperatures from 315 to 249 K. The thicknesses of all membranes were less than 500 nm and permporometry showed that the number and size of defects were low for the two membranes with the highest Si/Al ratio (152 and 47). The membrane with the lowest Si/Al ratio (26) also had low amounts of defects in the mesopore range, but did have a few macropore defects. All membranes showed very high CO2permeances in the entire temperature range studied and the permeances increased with increasing temperature. The CO2 permances were also correlated to the Si/Al ratio of the membranes. The higher permeances was observed for membranes with higher Si/Al ratio. The highest observed CO2 permeance was 142 × 10−7 mol s−1 m−2Pa−1 at room temperature for the membrane with Si/Al = 152. The separation factor, on the other hand, increased with decreasing temperature for the two membranes with the highest Si/Al ratio (152 and 47), but for the membrane with a Si/Al ratio of 26, the separation factor went through a maximum at ca. 270 K. The highest separation factor observed was 7.1 at 249 K for the membrane with Si/Al = 47. These observations are consistent with an adsorption controlled separation mechanism.

  • 9.
    Yu, Liang
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Grahn, Mattias
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Hedlund, Jonas
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Ultra-thin MFI membranes for removal of C3+ hydrocarbons from methane2018In: Journal of Membrane Science, ISSN 0376-7388, E-ISSN 1873-3123, Vol. 551, p. 254-260Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The removal of propane and heavier hydrocarbons (C3+) from natural gas is an important part of natural gas upgrading. In the present work, ultra-thin MFI zeolite membranes with a thickness of 400 nm and an estimated Si/Al ratio of 152 were evaluated for separation of C3H8 and n-C4H10 from binary and ternary mixtures with CH4. The membranes were selective towards the heavier hydrocarbons and showed high permeance at all investigated temperatures. At room temperature, the n-C4H10/CH4 separation selectivity was 25, coupled with an n-C4H10 permeance of 31 × 10−7 mol m−2 s−1 Pa−1 for a 10/90 n-C4H10/CH4 binary feed mixture. As the temperature was decreased to 281 K, the separation selectivity increased to as high as 55 with an n-C4H10 permeance of 25 × 10−7 mol m−2 s−1 Pa−1. The separation selectivities for a 10/90 C3H8/CH4 binary mixture were 9.5 and 19, with C3H8 permeances as high as 54 and 37 × 10−7 mol m−2 s−1 Pa−1 at 297 and 271 K, respectively. The higher selectivities observed for n-C4H10 containing mixtures was ascribed to stronger adsorption of n-C4H10 than C3H8 in MFI, thus resulting in higher adsorption selectivities of the n-C4H10 containing mixtures over CH4. For a 10/10/80 n-C4H10/C3H8/CH4 ternary mixture, the highest sum selectivity of (n-C4H10 + C3H8)/CH4 was 48 and the corresponding sum permance of (n-C4H10 + C3H8) was 26 × 10−7 mol m−2s−1 Pa−1 at 283 K, which were similar to the separation results of n-C4H10/CH4 binary mixture at the same conditions. The n-C4H10/CH4 and C3H8/CH4 separation selectivities from the ternary mixture were of course lower, but still as high as 32 and 16 at 283 K, with n-C4H10 and C3H8 permeances of 17 and 8 × 10−7 mol m−2 s−1 Pa−1, respectively. The results show that ultra-thin MFI zeolite membranes are promising candidates for separation of C3+ hydrocarbons from natural gas. 

  • 10.
    Yu, Liang
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Grahn, Mattias
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Ye, Pengcheng
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Hedlund, Jonas
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Ultra-thin MFI membranes for olefin/nitrogen separation2017In: Journal of Membrane Science, ISSN 0376-7388, E-ISSN 1873-3123, Vol. 524, p. 428-435Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The recovery of light hydrocarbons such as propylene and ethylene from vent streams in polymer plants is desirable since it opens up for more efficient conversion of the monomers with high economic value. Consequently, polymer membrane vapour-gas separation systems have been used for this purpose for decades [1,2]. However, an alternative is zeolite membranes. In this work, ultra-thin MFI zeolite membranes (0.5 µm) were used to separate propylene or ethylene from binary 20/80 olefin/nitrogen mixtures at different temperatures. The membranes were olefin selective with high permeance at all investigated temperatures. At room temperature, the permeance of propylene was 22×10-7 mol m-2 s-1 Pa-1 and the separation factor was 43, which corresponds to a separation selectivity of around 80. For a mixture of 20 mol.% ethylene in nitrogen, the maximum separation factor was 6 (corresponds to a separation selectivity of 8.4) at 277 K with an ethylene permeance of 57×10-7 mol m-2 s-1 Pa-1. The membrane selectivity was governed by more extensive adsorption of olefin, especially propylene, as compared to nitrogen. Comparing with ethylene, propylene has higher heat of adsorption, which probably caused the higher propylene/nitrogen selectivity compared to ethylene/nitrogen selectivity. The permeance and the selectivity for propylene were much higher than for commercial polymeric membranes. For ethylene, the permeance was much higher, and the selectivity was comparable to commercial polymeric membranes. Modelling showed that the pressure drop over the support limited the flux through the membranes especially at higher temperatures and in particular for the ethylene/nitrogen system with high flux. Further, modelling indicated that the result obtained at high temperatures, where the flux was high, was also affected by concentration polarization. However, for the propylene/nitrogen system at the optimum separation temperature, the pressure drop over the support and the concentration polarisation were small. The results show that ultra-thin MFI zeolite membranes are promising candidates for light olefins/nitrogen separation in polymer plants.

  • 11.
    Yu, Liang
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Hedlund, Jonas
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Grahn, Mattias
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Biogas upgrading by zeolite membranes2016Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Yu, Liang
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Holmgren, Allan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Hedlund, Jonas
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    A novel method for fabrication of high-flux zeolite membranes on supports with arbitrary geometry2019In: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ISSN 2050-7488, Vol. 7, no 17, p. 10325-10330Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A novel procedure for the preparation of high-flux zeolite membranes was developed. This method relies on rendering the support hydrophobic, and thereby protected from the synthesis mixture and invasion of the support pores, while the cationic polymer on the surface still allowed deposition of zeolite seeds. Both high-flux MFI and CHA zeolite films were grown on both discs and tubular supports, which illustrates the applicability of the method to arbitrary membrane geometries. Typically, MFI disc membranes showed a very high CO2permeance of 85 × 10−7 mol m−2 s−1 Pa−1 and a CO2/H2 separation selectivity of 56 at 278 K and CHA disc membranes showed a very high CO2 permeance of 79 × 10−7 mol m−2 s−1 Pa−1 and a CO2/CH4 separation selectivity of 76 at 249 K. As the method is applicable to supports with complex geometries, it is suitable for preparation of membranes for industrial applications.

  • 13.
    Yu, Liang
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Holmgren, Allan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Zhou, Ming
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Hedlund, Jonas
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Highly permeable CHA membranes prepared by fluoride synthesisfor efficient CO2/CH4 separation2018In: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ISSN 2050-7488, Vol. 6, no 16, p. 6847-6853Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    All-silica CHA nanocrystals, much smaller (20–200 nm) than previously reported, were prepared by an improved method developed in the present work. The nanocrystals are prepared by adding milled crystals to a fluoride synthesis mixture and we observed that much smaller crystals are obtained by adding a much higher fraction of milled crystals. In the next step, CHA membranes with a thickness of ca. 1.3 μm were prepared by hydrothermal treatment of a monolayer of nanocrystals supported on porous graded alumina discs in a fluoride synthesis gel. Finally, the membranes were calcined at 480 °C. The highest measured single gas CO2 permeance was 172 × 10−7 mol m−2 s−1 Pa−1 at room temperature. The highly permeable membranes were evaluated for separation of CO2 from an equimolar mixture with CH4 at varying temperatures. The highest observed CO2 mixture permeance was 84 × 10−7 mol m−2 s−1 Pa−1 at 276 K with a separation selectivity of 47 at 9 bar feed pressure and atmospheric permeate pressure. At room temperature, the CO2 mixture permeance was also as high as 78 × 10−7 mol m−2 s−1 Pa−1 with a separation selectivity of 32. To the best of our knowledge, these CO2 permeances are by far the highest reported for CHA membranes, while the selectivity is similar to that reported previously at comparable test conditions.

  • 14.
    Yu, Liang
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Korelskiy, Danil
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Grahn, Mattias
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Hedlund, Jonas
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Very High Flux MFI Membranes for Alcohol Recovery via Pervaporation at High Temperature and Pressure2015In: Separation and Purification Technology, ISSN 1383-5866, E-ISSN 1873-3794, Vol. 153, p. 138-145Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Ultra-thin MFI membranes (0.5 μm) were evaluated for recovery of alcohols from dilute aqueous mixtures by pervaporation at high temperature and pressure for the first time. The feed pressure was sufficiently high to keep the feed in liquid state at high temperature, while the permeate pressure was kept at atmospheric and a low flow of sweep gas was used to reduce the partial pressure on the permeate side. Atmospheric pressure on the permeate side is more practical than vacuum. High feed temperature and pressure result in high fugacity in the liquid feed, which, in combination with lower permeate pressure, results in a large driving force. Consequently, the membrane exhibited very high fluxes for feeds comprised of 10 wt% ethanol/water and 5 wt% n-butanol/water mixtures at 110 °C and 140 °C, respectively. The flux observed for 10 wt% ethanol/water mixtures was as high as about 52 kg m-2 h-1, i.e., 6 times higher than the highest previously reported flux for this separation using zeolite membranes in pervaporation. For 5 wt% n-butanol/water mixtures, the flux was 40 kg m-2 h-1, which is 11 times higher than the highest previously reported flux for this separation by zeolite membranes. At these conditions, the membrane displayed separation factors for ethanol/water and n-butanol/water mixtures of 5 and 16, respectively. However, after about 6 hours of operation, the separation factor decreased significantly and the flux increased due to formation of defects in the membrane when the feed was saturated with silica. Lower membrane stability was observed for silica free feeds. The work has shown that it is possible to obtain high flux in pervporation by using ultra-thin membranes in combination with high feed temperature. The observed membrane selectivity was not excellent, due to pressure drop over the support as well as likely concentration polarization on the feed side resulting from the high flux. Membrane stability was also an issue at these conditions, however it was shown that stability could be improved by saturating the feed with silica.

  • 15.
    Yu, Liang
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Liu, Dong
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology.
    Yan, Baili
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology.
    Zeng, Changfeng
    College of Mechanic and Power Engineering, Nanjing Tech University.
    Wang, Chongqing
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology.
    Zhang, Lixiong
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology.
    A Universal Biological-materials-assisted Hydrothermal Route to Prepare Various Inorganic Hollow Microcapsules in the Presence of Pollens2016In: Powder Technology, ISSN 0032-5910, E-ISSN 1873-328X, Vol. 301, p. 26-33Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A universal bio-economical hydrothermal route has been developed to prepare various inorganic hollow microcapsules with the help of rapeseed pollens for the first time. The pollens were used without any modifications. TiO2, ZnO, zeolite ZSM-5, BaTiO3 and ZnS were prepared by this route using the regular synthesis solutions added with rapeseed pollens. The obtained products were examined by scanning and transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, FT-IR, N2 adsorption and thermogravimetric analysis. The hollow microcapsules are composed of inorganic particles around the derivations of pollens. And the diameter of the hollow has been demonstrated almost the same size as the derivations microspheres. The derivations were decomposed in high temperature crystallization procedure; therefore, no additional procedure is needed to remove the templates for the hollow structure. The hollow microcapsules prepared with rapeseeds have much higher specific surface area. The formation mechanism can be ascribed to the template effect of derivative microspheres formed from decomposition of these pollen grains. Furthermore, other pollens are also used in the preparation by the universal hydrothermal route. Still, inorganic hollow microcapsules but with different hollow diameters were obtained probably resulting from the different size of the derivations.

  • 16.
    Yu, Liang
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Nobandegani, Mojtaba Sinaei
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Holmgren, Allan
    ZeoMem Sweden AB, Luleå, Sweden.
    Hedlund, Jonas
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Highly permeable and selective tubular zeolite CHA membranes2019In: Journal of Membrane Science, ISSN 0376-7388, E-ISSN 1873-3123, Vol. 588, article id 117224Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Highly permeable and selective tubular zeolite CHA membranes with a thickness of about 450 nm and a length of 100 mm and an inner diameter of 7 mm were evaluated by single gas permeation experiments and for separation of an equimolar CO2/CH4 mixture. The membranes displayed high H2 and CO2 single gas permeances of 55 × 10−7 mol m−2 s−1 Pa−1 and 94 × 10−7 mol m−2 s−1 Pa−1, respectively, and a very low SF6 permeance of 3 × 10−9 mol m−2 s−1 Pa−1. The highest observed mixture separation factor was 99 with CO2 permeance of 60 × 10−7 mol m−2 s−1 Pa−1 at a feed pressure of 5 bar and permeate pressure of 0.12 bar. The corresponding CO2flux was 1.46 mol m−2 s−1. The highest observed flux was 1.98 mol m−2 s−1 with a separation factor of 52 at a feed pressure of 10 bar and permeate pressure of 0.12 bar at room temperature. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report describing highly permeable and selective tubular CHA membranes. The results indicate that the membranes have a great potential for industrial separation of CO2from natural gas and biogas.

  • 17.
    Yu, Liang
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering. State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing, 210009, PR China.
    Zeng, Changfeng
    College of Mechanic and Power Engineering, Nanjing Tech University.
    Wang, Chongqing
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing.
    Zhang, Lixiong
    State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing.
    In situ impregnation−gelation−hydrothermal crystallization synthesis of hollow fiber zeolite NaA membrane2017In: Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, ISSN 1387-1811, E-ISSN 1873-3093, Vol. 244, p. 278-283Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Chitosan-assisted in situ impregnation−gelation−hydrothermal (IGH) crystallization process has been developed for the preparation of hollow fiber zeolite NaA membranes. Firstly, chitosan-zeolite NaA composite hollow fibers were prepared successfully by assistance of a simple homemade tube-in-orifice spinneret. The composite hollow fibers were initially prepared by in situ impregnation–gelation–hydrothermal transformation of chitosan-silica hollow fibers in aluminate solution. Zeolite NaA membranes can be subsequently obtained on the outer surface of chitosan-zeolite NaA composite hollow fibers by in situ microwave hydrothermal treatment. The zeolite crystals in the composite hollow fibers serve as seeds for the growth of zeolite membrane. Moreover, the chitosan-silica hollow fibers were prepared by solidification of chitosan hollow fibers, which were formed in the tube-in-orifice spinneret from a chitosan-silica sol viscous aqueous solution, in the sodium hydroxide solution. Pervaporation for separation of 90 wt% ethanol aqueous solution was employed to examine the obtained membranes. The hollow fiber membranes showed high permeation flux and high stability.

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