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Preparation and characterization of inorganic membranes for hydrogen separation.

Kajama, Mohammed Nasir; Nwogu, Ngozi Claribelle; Gobina, Edward


Mohammed Nasir Kajama

Ngozi Claribelle Nwogu

Edward Gobina


A tubular commercially available alumina support was coated using the dip coating technique. The objective is to prepare silica and Pt impregnated membranes. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy diffraction X-ray analysis (EDXA), nitrogen adsorption-desorption at 77{A0}K and gas permeation measurements were employed for membrane characterization. The permeation of H2, He and N2 revealed that the membranes are crack-free. H2/N2 selectivity for the silica membrane obtained the highest value of 2.93 at 0.9 barg and 25{A0}{deg}C. On the other hand, H2/He selectivity of 1.96 at 1.6 barg and 300{A0}{deg}C for the Pt membrane was obtained and found to be higher than the theoretical Knudsen selectivity. While the silica membrane realised on the thin film coating to enhance the selectivity to hydrogen, the Pt impregnated membrane on the other hand enhance hydrogen transport through an activated surface diffusion in addition to Knudsen flow.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 25, 2016
Journal International journal of hydrogen energy
Print ISSN 0360-3199
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Article Number 19
Pages 8221-8227
Institution Citation KAJAMA, M.N. NWOGU, N.C. and GOBINA, E. 2016. Preparation and characterization of inorganic membranes for hydrogen separation. International journal of hydrogen energy [online], 41(19), pages 8221-8227. Available from:
Keywords Tubular alumina support; Silica membrane; Pt membrane; Hydrogen selectivity