Multicomponent Matrimid Membrane for Gas Separation

  • Olayinka Irerua

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Matrimid was utilized for the preparation of membranes with asymmetric structures. A combination of well-known solvents for Matrimid which include 1- methyl-2-Pyrrolidone (NMP), tetrahydrofuran (THF), dichloromethane, tetrachloroethane as well as non-solvents n-butanol, xylene, and acetic acid were used. Cast solutions were prepared at room temperature for different combinations and compositions of polymer/solvent/non-solvent systems. PEG and Octa-(amino phenyl) POSS were introduced in some of the cast solutions. The membranes obtained were characterized by permeation test for gas permeabilities and selectivities, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy. The gas permeation test showed that the use of mixture of dichloromethane and tetrachloroethane as solvents with xylene non-solvent and acetic acid as stabilizer gave membranes with very high gas selectivity of 133 for CO2/N2 and 492 for CO2/CH4. Also, cast solutions containing PEG resulted in membranes with slightly enhanced selectivities from 30 to 42 for CO2/N2. Permeation results for CO2, N2 and H2 and the selectivities for gas pairs such as CO2/N2, CO2/CH4, are discussed in relation to the effect of pressure on the membrane permeance, they are also compared with existing results.
Date of AwardJul 2012
Original languageEnglish (US)
Awarding Institution
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering
SupervisorKlaus-Victor Peinemann (Supervisor)


  • Matrimid
  • membranes
  • Gas Separation
  • Multicomponent

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