Dehydration of Natural Gas Using Synthesized Chabazite Zeolite Membranes

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Research Lab for Advanced Separation Processes, Department of Chemical Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran


ine"> Chabazite zeolite membranes were synthesized for their potential application in dehydration of natural gas. The membranes were prepared using secondary growth method on porous ·-alumina substrates. Hydrothermal treatment was applied for the synthesis of chabazite seeds. The membranes were synthesized at four temperatures of 100, 120, 140, and 160°C; and duration of 20 h. Separation performance of assynthesized membranes was evaluated through permeation ofwater vapor and methane as single gas. Moreover, the structure and morphology ofas-synthesized chabazite zeolite membranes as well as seeds were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and dynamic light scattering (DLS). The results revealed that the optimum temperature for the synthesis ofchabazite membranes is 140°C while at lower and higher temperatures, lower separation performances were observed. At the optimum synthesis temperature, an ideal selectivity of 23 was obtained for water vapor/methane, while a thin and integrated chabazite zeolite layer of about 5 m in thickness was synthesized over the surface ofalumina substrate.


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