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Title: Molecular engineering of PIM-1/Matrimid blend membranes for gas separation
Authors: Yong, W.F.
Li, F.Y. 
Xiao, Y.C. 
Li, P.
Pramoda, K.P.
Tong, Y.W. 
Chung, T.S. 
Keywords: Gas separation
Partially miscible
Polymer blend
Issue Date: 15-Jul-2012
Citation: Yong, W.F., Li, F.Y., Xiao, Y.C., Li, P., Pramoda, K.P., Tong, Y.W., Chung, T.S. (2012-07-15). Molecular engineering of PIM-1/Matrimid blend membranes for gas separation. Journal of Membrane Science 407-408 : 47-57. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The polymers of intrinsic microporosity have gained the attention as one of the potential materials for membrane gas separation. The contorted ladder-like structure in polymers of intrinsic microporosity, specifically PIM-1 possesses high permeability but with moderate selectivity for O 2/N 2, CO 2/N 2 and CO 2/CH 4 separation. We report here the most convenient and time efficient strategy of tuning the permeability and selectivity by blending PIM-1 with different compositions of Matrimid. In this work, the physical properties, phase behavior and gas transport properties of PIM-1/Matrimid blends have been explored. The polarized light microscope (PLM) analyses evidence that most of the PIM-1/Matrimid blends reveal partially miscible behavior. The inclusion of PIM-1 in the Matrimid matrix results in a substantial increase in gas permeability and a slight decrease in selectivity. The additions of 5 and 10wt% PIM-1 into Matrimid induce the permeability increments of 25% and 77%, respectively from the original 9.6 to 12 and 17Barrer without compromising its CO 2/CH 4 selectivity. For O 2/N 2 separation, the incorporation of a small amount of Matrimid (e.g., 5-30wt%) into PIM-1 promotes a fair increase in selectivity and drives the overall gas separation performance surpassing or close to the upper bound. At binary gas tests of CO 2/CH 4 (50%/50%), the 30wt% PIM-1 in Matrimid membrane has a CO 2 permeability of 50Barrer and a CO 2/CH 4 selectivity of 31. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.
Source Title: Journal of Membrane Science
ISSN: 03767388
DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2012.03.038
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