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Towards azeotropic MeOH-MTBE separation using pervaporation chitosan-based deep eutectic solvent membranes

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Deep eutectic solvents (DESs) are a new class of solvents that can offset some of the major drawbacks of common solvents and ionic liquids. When dealing with the preparation of dense membranes, the use of DESs is still challenging due to their low compatibility with the polymer phase. In this research, a novel L-proline:sulfolane (molar ratio 1:2) DES was synthesized and used for the preparation of more sustainable bio-based membranes using chitosan (CS) as a polymer phase. The compatibility among both phases (polymer and DESs) and their ability to form homogenous membranes was preliminary studied. In this regard, scanning electron and confocal microscopies were used to completely map the structure of the resulting membranes evidencing a complete homogenous structure. The membranes were also characterized in terms of contact angle (CA), Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), mechanical resistance and swelling degree (uptake). Preliminary pervaporation tests for the separation of a methanol (MeOH)- methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) azeotropic mixture were, thus, performed. In this regard, the addition of DESs provided an enhanced separation efficiency in comparison to pristine CS membranes. Thanks to the morphology and properties exhibited, the newly developed membranes can be considered as excellent bio-based candidates to be explored in other gas selective and solvent oriented membrane operations.

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artykuły w czasopismach
Published in:
SEPARATION AND PURIFICATION TECHNOLOGY no. 281,
ISSN: 1383-5866
Language:
English
Publication year:
2022
Bibliographic description:
Castro-Muñoz R., Msahel A., Galiano F., Serocki M., Ryl J., Hamouda S. B., Hafiane A., Boczkaj G., Figoli A.: Towards azeotropic MeOH-MTBE separation using pervaporation chitosan-based deep eutectic solvent membranes// SEPARATION AND PURIFICATION TECHNOLOGY -Vol. 281, (2022), s.119979-
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Digital Object Identifier (open in new tab) 10.1016/j.seppur.2021.119979
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Gdańsk University of Technology

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