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Title: Superhydrophobic or Hydrophilic Porous Metallic/Ceramic Tubular Membranes for Continuous Separations of Biodiesel–Water W/O and O/W Emulsions

Abstract

This study reports the effective surface effect of porous inorganic membranes on improving the emulsion separations (i.e., perm-selective extraction of either oil phase or aqueous phase from the emulsions). A novel tubular form of superwetting, porous, stainless steel/ceramic membranes were demonstrated for enabling continuous separations of oil–water emulsions, extracting either oil phase or aqueous phase from the flowing emulsions. The superhydrophobic membranes consist of macroporous (4 μm) stainless-steel SS434 tube with inner wall surface modified with superhydrophobicity (>150° contact angle) via perfluoro-silane grafting functionalization. The (super)hydrophilic membranes consist of 4-μm porous stainless-steel SS434 tube without/with inner wall coated with nanoporous alumina (6 nm average pore size), the surface of which was further modified with superhydrophilicity via Hydrophil-S solution deposition. With the cross-flow membrane filtration setup, the surface-engineered tubular membranes were studied for perm-selective extraction of aqueous or oil phase from oil–water emulsions (water-in-oil W/O and oil-in-water O/W) that are relevant to a real industrial biodiesel (FAME) production process. The superhydrophobic membrane (4 μm pore size) has demonstrated capability of extracting nearly 100% pure oil while rejecting water phase when either W/O or O/W emulsions were tested as feed. The superhydrophobic membrane showed distinct advantage of 2-orders-of-magnitude-higher flux extraction of oilmore » at 100 times higher “break-through” pressures. On the other hand, the super/hydrophilic nanoporous membranes (6 nm) have shown selective water permeation (separation factor up to 35) when biodiesel-relevant W/O emulsions were tested. Finally, the membrane function is discussed from the perspective of improving industrial biodiesel processing yield by overcoming equilibrium limitations during the biodiesel formation reactions. Future work on in situ reaction–separation experiments are envisioned.« less

Authors:
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  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  2. Prenexus Health, Inc., Gilbert, AZ (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
1509559
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 58; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 0888-5885
Publisher:
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

Citation Formats

Hu, Michael Z., Bischoff, Brian L., Morales-Rodriguez, Marissa E., Gray, Kevin A., and Davison, Brian H. Superhydrophobic or Hydrophilic Porous Metallic/Ceramic Tubular Membranes for Continuous Separations of Biodiesel–Water W/O and O/W Emulsions. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1021/acs.iecr.8b04888.
Hu, Michael Z., Bischoff, Brian L., Morales-Rodriguez, Marissa E., Gray, Kevin A., & Davison, Brian H. Superhydrophobic or Hydrophilic Porous Metallic/Ceramic Tubular Membranes for Continuous Separations of Biodiesel–Water W/O and O/W Emulsions. United States. doi:10.1021/acs.iecr.8b04888.
Hu, Michael Z., Bischoff, Brian L., Morales-Rodriguez, Marissa E., Gray, Kevin A., and Davison, Brian H. Thu . "Superhydrophobic or Hydrophilic Porous Metallic/Ceramic Tubular Membranes for Continuous Separations of Biodiesel–Water W/O and O/W Emulsions". United States. doi:10.1021/acs.iecr.8b04888. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1509559.
@article{osti_1509559,
title = {Superhydrophobic or Hydrophilic Porous Metallic/Ceramic Tubular Membranes for Continuous Separations of Biodiesel–Water W/O and O/W Emulsions},
author = {Hu, Michael Z. and Bischoff, Brian L. and Morales-Rodriguez, Marissa E. and Gray, Kevin A. and Davison, Brian H.},
abstractNote = {This study reports the effective surface effect of porous inorganic membranes on improving the emulsion separations (i.e., perm-selective extraction of either oil phase or aqueous phase from the emulsions). A novel tubular form of superwetting, porous, stainless steel/ceramic membranes were demonstrated for enabling continuous separations of oil–water emulsions, extracting either oil phase or aqueous phase from the flowing emulsions. The superhydrophobic membranes consist of macroporous (4 μm) stainless-steel SS434 tube with inner wall surface modified with superhydrophobicity (>150° contact angle) via perfluoro-silane grafting functionalization. The (super)hydrophilic membranes consist of 4-μm porous stainless-steel SS434 tube without/with inner wall coated with nanoporous alumina (6 nm average pore size), the surface of which was further modified with superhydrophilicity via Hydrophil-S solution deposition. With the cross-flow membrane filtration setup, the surface-engineered tubular membranes were studied for perm-selective extraction of aqueous or oil phase from oil–water emulsions (water-in-oil W/O and oil-in-water O/W) that are relevant to a real industrial biodiesel (FAME) production process. The superhydrophobic membrane (4 μm pore size) has demonstrated capability of extracting nearly 100% pure oil while rejecting water phase when either W/O or O/W emulsions were tested as feed. The superhydrophobic membrane showed distinct advantage of 2-orders-of-magnitude-higher flux extraction of oil at 100 times higher “break-through” pressures. On the other hand, the super/hydrophilic nanoporous membranes (6 nm) have shown selective water permeation (separation factor up to 35) when biodiesel-relevant W/O emulsions were tested. Finally, the membrane function is discussed from the perspective of improving industrial biodiesel processing yield by overcoming equilibrium limitations during the biodiesel formation reactions. Future work on in situ reaction–separation experiments are envisioned.},
doi = {10.1021/acs.iecr.8b04888},
journal = {Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research},
issn = {0888-5885},
number = 2,
volume = 58,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {1}
}

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