Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2012.10.036
Title: High performance carbon molecular sieve membranes derived from hyperbranched polyimide precursors for improved gas separation applications
Authors: Sim, Y.H.
Wang, H. 
Li, F.Y. 
Chua, M.L.
Chung, T.-S. 
Toriida, M.
Tamai, S.
Issue Date: Mar-2013
Citation: Sim, Y.H., Wang, H., Li, F.Y., Chua, M.L., Chung, T.-S., Toriida, M., Tamai, S. (2013-03). High performance carbon molecular sieve membranes derived from hyperbranched polyimide precursors for improved gas separation applications. Carbon 53 : 101-111. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2012.10.036
Abstract: A series of hyperbranched polyimides (HBPI) were selected as precursors for the production of carbon molecular sieve membranes (CMSMs) and the gas separation performance of the resultant CMSMs was explored. By varying the monomer compositions of HBPI precursor polymers, the influences of degree of branching on pore size and distribution of the CMSMs are investigated and examined. A CO2 permeability of 1085 Barrer with CO 2/CH4 selectivity of 52 is attained. Thermal analyses reveal that the chain rigidity of the precursors increases with the degree of branching, while the density of the CMSMs shows an opposite trend. In view of the unique network structure offered by the HBPI precursors, it is speculated that the rigid network of the HBPI with the highest degree of branching has facilitated the formation of ultra-micropores, giving rise to the more constrained structure and improved diffusivity selectivity. The unique hyperbranched network structure found in HBPI possesses great potential to producing CMSMs with superior performance. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Carbon
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/89075
ISSN: 00086223
DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2012.10.036
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