Facilitated olefin transport through membranes consisting of partially polarized silver nanoparticles and PEMA-g-PPG graft copolymer

Jung Pyo Jung, Cheol Hun Park, Jae Hun Lee, Jung Tae Park, Jeong Hoon Kim, Jong Hak Kim

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We report the preparation of solid-state facilitated olefin transport membranes based on a low-cost, one-pot, room-temperature synthesized graft copolymer, i.e., poly(ethylene-alt-maleic anhydride)-g-O-(2-aminopropyl)-O′-(2-methoxyethyl) polypropylene glycol (PEMA-g-PPG). An electron acceptor, 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ), was employed to activate the surface of the silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), leading to partial polarization. The AgNPs interacted with TCNQ as well as the PEMA-g-PPG graft copolymer to form facilitated olefin transport membranes, as characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, UV–vis spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The PEMA-g-PPG/AgNP membrane activated by TCNQ showed long-term stability (with a mixed gas permeance of 7.8 GPU and propylene/propane selectivity of 17.5) of up to 100 h, while that without TCNQ showed poor stability. The membrane based on PEMA-g-PPG showed better performance than those based on conventional matrices of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP), or poly(ether-block-amide) (PEBAX).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-156
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Membrane Science
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Feb 15

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by a National Research Foundation (NRF) grant funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning ( NRF-2017R1A4A1014569 , NRF-2017M1A2A2043448 ) NRF-2017R1D1A1B06028030 ), and the Human Resources Program in Energy Technology ( 20154010200810 ) of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Elsevier B.V.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Filtration and Separation


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