Effects of thermal treatment on gas transport through porous silica membranes

Tatsu Hirata, Shuichi Sato, Kazukiyo Nagai

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The effects of thermal treatment from 180°C to 1150°C on the gas transport properties of porous silica membranes were systematically studied for various gases. The permeance of all gases, except for CO 2 , has a maximum at 800°C. The CO 2 permeance was constant from 180°C to 600°C and then decreased monotonically. Membranes thermally treated at 1150°C did not exhibit any gas permeation because of pore collapse. The gas transport behavior follows a combination of Knudsen diffusion and surface diffusion for all gases tested except for carbon dioxide. The permeation of carbon dioxide is strongly affected by capillary condensation. We propose a new transport model composed of two components; that is, the Knudsen diffusion factor, , and the surface diffusion factor, β. A transition was observed for and β at around 800-900°C, which is close to the strain point of the membrane. This transition treatment temperature can be correlated with the changes in gas permeance. The model allows qualitative evaluation of gas transport through porous membranes regardless of their actual microporous structures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2819-2839
Number of pages21
JournalSeparation Science and Technology
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2005


  • Capillary condensation
  • Gas transport
  • Knudsen diffusion
  • Porous membranes
  • Silica membranes
  • Surface diffusion
  • Thermal treatment

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