Membrane Pervaporation

Yan Wang*, Natalia Widjojo, Panu Sukitpaneenit, Tai-Shung Chung

*Corresponding author for this work

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31 Scopus citations


This chapter provides an overview of the potential markets for and industrial needs of membrane pervaporation in biofuel separation. The fundamentals of the pervaporation process and performance evaluation are elucidated. The engineering principles for pervaporation membranes for different applications-dehydration or recovery, are discussed in detail, including material selection and morphology design. To understand the roles of pervaporation units in an integrated biorefinery process, different designs of hybrid processes involving pervaporation are compared and elaborated. In the industry, the pervaporation-distillation hybrid process is still the most popular configuration for biofuel separation. However, future works should focus on the science and hybrid engineering so that one can wisely select the best hybrid system for specific fermentation types, production scales, product purity requirements, and available investment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSeparation and Purification Technologies in Biorefineries
Number of pages41
ISBN (Electronic)9781118493441
ISBN (Print)9780470977965
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Biofuel separation
  • Biorefinery process
  • Fermentation
  • Hybrid engineering
  • Membrane pervaporation
  • Purification technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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