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Investigation on Synthesis and Evaluation of Nanopore NaA Zeolite Membranes

Mansoor Kazemimoghadam

Abstract


Effects of synthesis parameters on the membrane structure and performance have been investigated for nanopore NaA zeolite membranes grown onto seeded mullite supports. Molar composition of the starting gel of nano NaA membranes was: SiO2/Al2O3=0.8–3.2, Na2O/Al2O3=1.6–4.6, and H2O/Al2O3=50–200. Also, effects of crystallization time and temperature on the membrane performance were studied. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns of the membranes exhibited peaks corresponding to the support and the zeolite. The crystal species were characterized by XRD and morphology of the supports subjected to crystallization was characterized by Scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Separation performance of NaA zeolite membranes was studied for water-unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine (UDMH) mixtures using pervaporation (PV). The membranes showed good selectivity towards water in the water-UDMH mixtures. Water permeates faster because of its preferential adsorption into the nano-pores of the hydrophilic zeolite membrane. In PV of water-UDMH mixtures, the membrane exhibits a hydrophilic behavior, with a high selectivity towards water and a good flux. The best Flux and separation factor of the membranes were 0.734 kg/m2 h and 20400, respectively. Effects of operation condition (temperature, rate and pressure) on the membrane performance have been investigated for NaA zeolite membranes grown onto seeded mullite supports.

Keywords: naA, nano, pervaporation, synthesis parameters, zeolite membrane

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