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Title: Synthesis and characterization of poly (ethylene oxide) containing copolyimides for hydrogen purification
Authors: Chen, H. 
Xiao, Y. 
Chung, T.-S. 
Keywords: Hydrogen purification
PEO containing copolyimide(PEO-PI)
Poly(ethylene oxide) PEO
Issue Date: Aug-2010
Citation: Chen, H., Xiao, Y., Chung, T.-S. (2010-08). Synthesis and characterization of poly (ethylene oxide) containing copolyimides for hydrogen purification. Polymer 51 (18) : 4077-4086. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Reverse selective membranes comprising poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) containing copolyimides (PEO-PI) with variations of acid dianhydrides and diamines have been synthesized for hydrogen purification. The reverse selectivity of the membranes decimate the energy required for hydrogen recompression process. Factors including PEO content, PEO molecular weight, and fractional free volume (FFV) that would affect the gas transport performance have been investigated and elucidated in terms of degree of crystallinity, phase separation in the PEO domain as well as inter-penetration between the hard and soft segments. In mixed gas tests of CO2 and H2 mixtures, a highly condensable CO2 out compete H2 for the sorption sites in hard segment and diminishes H2 permeability. Thus the CO2/H2 selectivity in the mixed gas tests is much higher than that in pure gas tests. Mixed gas permeation tests at 35 °C and 2atm show that the best reverse selective membranes have a CO2 permeability of 179.3 Barrers and a CO2/H2 permselectivity of 22.7. The physical properties of PEO-PIs have also been characterized by FTIR, DSC, GPC, WAXS, AFM and tensile strain tests. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
Source Title: Polymer
ISSN: 00323861
DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2010.06.046
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