A novel route to produce mechanically, thermally and chemically stable microporous carbon membranes has now been discovered that is based on proprietary porous polymer precursors. Initial tests have shown the simple thick film tubular membranes to have the potential for two types of separation. Simple molecular sieving has been demonstrated by separating hydrogen from hydrocarbons at high temperatures whilst C1-C5 hydrocarbons have been separated using novel mechanism that relies on condensation of theases in the carbon micropores at temperatures well above the gases critical temperatures.
This will requires the development of an understanding of the separation mechanism for these novel membranes, methods for producing the optimum pore structures for the different separations and new process routes for producing the monoliths and significantly thinner membrane layers inside the monolith channels.
If successful the membrane modules should fine rapid commercial application by retrotting to a wide variety of existing processes. In addition it is anticipated that they could be used in a wide variety of novel grass routes applications in the environmental and process field at a later date.
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