Incorporation of CO2 philic moieties into a TiO2 nanomembrane for preferential CO2 separation

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Here we report a preferential CO2 separation membrane consisting of a nanometer-thick TiO2 layer incorporated with phtalic acid (PA) molecules on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) (PA@TiO2/PDMS). Incorporated PAs in TiO2 act as CO2-philic pores for preferential CO-2 permeation over nitrogen. CO2 binding to the PA incorporated in TiO2 is confirmed by the density functional theory calculation (DFT). As a result, membranes with of PA@TiO2 layer demonstrated much higher selectivity to CO2 for mixed CO2/N2 gas separation compared to a conventional PDMS membrane. The exceptional selectivity of the composite layer alone (>150) was estimated by a resistance model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88664-88667
Number of pages4
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number91
Publication statusPublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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