Interior Modification of Nano-Porous Fillers to Fabricate High Performance Mixed Matrix Membranes

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1 Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Arak University, Arak 38156-8-8349, Iran

2 Department of Chemical Engineering, Arak University

3 Amirkabir University of Technology

4 Tarbiat Modares University

5 Advanced Membrane Technology Research Centre (AMTEC), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia

6 Center for Nanofibers and Nanotechnology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, 2 Engineering Drive 3, National University of Singapore, 117576, Singapore


A new method is developed to enhance the gas separation properties of mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) by interior modification of an inorganic nano-porous particle. Ship-in-a-bottle (SIB), as a novel synthesis strategy, is considered to encapsulate a polyaza macrocyclic Ag-ligand complex into the zeolite Y, which is resulted in a new host-guest nano-composite. It is consequently incorporated into a glassy polymer matrix to fabricate a novel MMM for CO2 separation. Accordingly, cellulose acetate (CA) with relatively low gas permeability is selected as the membrane polymeric matrix to provide an appropriate opportunity for better tracking the effect of incorporating the new synthesized nano-porous hybrids. The results showed a promising increase in both the CO2 permeability (45.71%) and CO2/N2 selectivity (40.28%) of the prepared MMM over its pristine CA membrane. It can be concluded that the proposed method makes it possible to fabricate novel MMMs with significant intensification in performance of the current MMMs.


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