Enabling experimental characterization and prediction of ternary mixed-gas sorption in polymers: C2H6/CO2/CH4 in PIM-1

Eleonora Ricci*, Francesco Maria Benedetti, Antonella Noto, Timothy Merkel, Jianyong Jin, Grazia De Angelis

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Abstract

In this work, a new experimental protocol was designed to measure sorption of ternary gas mixtures in polymer membranes for the first time. We measured the sorption isotherms of binary and ternary mixtures of C2H6, CO2, and CH4 in PIM-1, using a pressure decay apparatus, working at constant composition and variable pressure of the gas phase. The results show competitive sorption effects in all gas mixtures analyzed, affecting each species in proportion to the total sorbed concentration of the other components. It was found that the presence of C2H6 in the mixture reduces the sorption of both CH4 and CO2 to a similar extent, so that the CO2/CH4 solubility-selectivity is not markedly affected. The experimental data were used to validate predictions of the Non-Equilibrium Lattice Fluid (NELF) model of binary and ternary sorption isotherms. The NELF model is generally in close agreement, both in the prediction of pressure and mixture composition effects, proving to be a reliable tool to assess mixed-gas sorption, even in complex scenarios.
Original languageEnglish
Article number130715
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages17
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Volume426
Early online date11 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Mixed-gas sorption
  • Ternary mixtures
  • Ethane
  • NELF model
  • Gas separation
  • membranes
  • CO2 CAPTURE
  • MULTICOMPONENT ADSORPTION EQUILIBRIA

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