Microporous membrane: A key to large-scale energy-saving in fuel and petrochemical industry

Masahiko Matsukata*, Yasushi Sekine, Eiichi Kikuchi

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Reducing energy consumption on the industry sector has increasingly been a strong request to mitigate CO 2 problem. In particular, in chemical industry about 40% of the total energy is consumed for separation in which 90% or more is used for distillation. Zeolites have superior physicochemical properties, such as molecular sieving and preferential adsorption, in addition to high thermal, chemical, and structural stability. Therefore, researchers have been motivated to apply them as membranes and membrane reactors. In this presentation, we would like to emphasize that R&D of microporous membrane, especially zeolite membrane, is a vital approach for large-scale reduction of energy consumption for separation in petrochemical industry. Two examples will be introduced: acetic acid dehydration through mordenite-type zeolite membrane and silicalite-1 membrane for xylene isomers separation.

Original languageEnglish
JournalACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event242nd ACS National Meeting and Exposition - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: 2011 Aug 282011 Sept 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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