Naskar, Milan Kanti and Kundu, Debtosh and Chatterjee, Minati (2012) Effect of sol-gel-based silica buffer layer on the formation of NaA zeolite membrane. Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, 64 (1). pp. 117-123. ISSN 0928-0707

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The support substrates were modified with sol-gel-based silica coating as intermediate buffer layer followed by NaA zeolite seed (prepared hydrothermally at 85 A degrees C for 3 h) coating with 2 wt% aqueous dispersion. The secondary crystallization of NaA zeolite in the silica-seed-coated supports was carried out hydrothermally through crystal growth process at 65 A degrees C for 4 and 8 h (single-stage each), (6 + 4) and (6 + 6) h (double-stage each), and (6 + 4 + 2) and (6 + 4 + 4) h (triple-stage each). The crystallization behaviours of the prepared NaA membranes were studied by X-ray diffraction, and the microstructures of the same films were observed by field emission scanning electron microscope. The efficiency of the membranes was tested with gas permeation study. The double-stage secondary crystallization at 65 A degrees C for (6 + 4) h showed highly interlocked NaA grains in the membrane and it rendered the permeance values of 3.7 x 10(-8) mol m(-2) s(-1) Pa-1 and 15.9 x 10(-8) for single gas, nitrogen (N-2) and hydrogen (H-2) respectively with the ideal selectivity of 4.3.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sol-gel; Silica layer; Zeolite membrane; Hydrothermal; Crystallization; Microstructure; Permeation
Subjects: Structural Clay Products
Divisions: Sol Gel
Depositing User: Bidhan Chaudhuri
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2013 07:40
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2013 07:40

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