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Pervaporation Separation of Water-Isopropanol Mixtures Using ZSM-5 Zeolite Incorporated Poly(vinyl alcohol) Membranes

Kittur, AA and Kariduraganavar, MY and Toti, US and Ramesh, K and Aminabhavi, TM (2003) Pervaporation Separation of Water-Isopropanol Mixtures Using ZSM-5 Zeolite Incorporated Poly(vinyl alcohol) Membranes. In: Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 90 . pp. 2441-2448.


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A solution technique was employed to prepare ZSM-5 zeolite incorporated poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) membranes for the pervaporation separation of water-isopropanol mixtures. The membranes were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimeter. Glass transition temperatures of the membranes varied from 102 to 110°C, with increasing zeolite content of the membrane. The effect of zeolite loading and feed composition on pervaporation performance of the membranes was analyzed. The membrane containing 6 mass% of zeolite gave the highest separation selectivity of 216 for 10 mass % of water containing feed mixture at 30°C. Increase in water selectivity of the membrane was explained as due to a reduction in free volume by increasing zeolite content of the membrane. Separation selectivity and permeation flux data are dependent on water composition of the feed mixture, but are comparatively less dependent on temperature. The hindrance of water permeation at higher composition of water in the feed mixture was explained as due to the formation of clusters of water molecules. The overall activation energy and preexponential factors were calculated using Arrhenius equation. Pervaporation data have also been explained on the basis of thermodynamic parameters calculated by using Arrhenius equation as well as relationship proposed by Ping et al.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of Applied Polymer Science
Publisher: Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Additional Information: The copyright belongs to Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Keywords: separation techniques;membranes;zeolites;selectivity; activation energy
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2005
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:19
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/3564

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