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Characterization of natural zeolite membranes for H2/CO2 separations by single gas permeation

  • Author / Creator
    Hoseinzadeh Hejazi, Sayed Alireza
  • Membrane-based processes have the potential to overcome the limitations of conventional hydrogen separation techniques such as high energy consumption and environmental concerns. Natural zeolite membranes have recently been shown to demonstrate apparent molecular sieving of H2 from H2/CO2 mixtures and can be used as a model for the development of robust molecular sieve membranes with superior separation characteristics. The focus of this thesis is the characterization of natural clinoptilolite membranes made from dense mineral deposits by single gas H2 and CO2 permeation. Permeability values as a function of temperature and pressure were analyzed based on mass transport fundamentals of gas permeation through zeolite and non-zeolite pathways. Simple comparative parameters were introduced to characterize natural zeolite membranes. H2 and CO2 fluxes through the membranes were fitted with a model based on a combination of zeolitic, Knudsen and viscous transports so that the selective and non-selective flux fractions could be quantified.

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  • Graduation date
    2011-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3TP53
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Kuznicki, Steven (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dechaine, Greg (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
    • Mitra, Sushanta (Mechanical Engineering)