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Title: Process for restoring membrane permeation properties

Abstract

A process is described for restoring the selectivity of high-free-volume, glassy polymer membranes for condensable components over less-condensable components or non-condensable components of a gas mixture. The process involves exposing the membrane to suitable sorbent vapor, such as propane or butane, thereby reopening the microvoids that make up the free volume. The selectivity of an aged membrane may be restored to 70--100% of its original value. The selectivity of a membrane which is known to age over time can also be maintained by keeping the membrane in a vapor environment when it is not in use. 8 figs.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Membrane Technology and Research, Inc
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
489092
Patent Number(s):
5,630,970
Application Number:
PAN: 8-448,652
Assignee:
Membrane Technology and Research, Inc., Menlo Park, CA (United States) PTO; SCA: 320303; PA: EDB-97:085622; SN: 97001799055
DOE Contract Number:  
FG03-90ER81066; FG03-94ER81811
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 20 May 1997
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; MEMBRANES; REGENERATION; PERMEABILITY; POLYMERS; SORPTIVE PROPERTIES; AGING

Citation Formats

Pinnau, I., Toy, L.G., and Casillas, C.G. Process for restoring membrane permeation properties. United States: N. p., 1997. Web.
Pinnau, I., Toy, L.G., & Casillas, C.G. Process for restoring membrane permeation properties. United States.
Pinnau, I., Toy, L.G., and Casillas, C.G. Tue . "Process for restoring membrane permeation properties". United States.
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abstractNote = {A process is described for restoring the selectivity of high-free-volume, glassy polymer membranes for condensable components over less-condensable components or non-condensable components of a gas mixture. The process involves exposing the membrane to suitable sorbent vapor, such as propane or butane, thereby reopening the microvoids that make up the free volume. The selectivity of an aged membrane may be restored to 70--100% of its original value. The selectivity of a membrane which is known to age over time can also be maintained by keeping the membrane in a vapor environment when it is not in use. 8 figs.},
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