Ion–Conducting Ceramic Membrane Reactors for the Conversion of Chemicals


Ion–conducting ceramic membranes, such as mixed oxygen ionic and electronic conducting (MIEC) membranes and mixed proton–electron conducting (MPEC) membranes, have the potential for absolute selectivity for specific gases at high temperatures. By utilizing these membranes in membrane reactors, it is possible to combine reaction and separation processes into one unit, leading to a reduction in by–product formation and enabling the use of thermal effects to achieve efficient and sustainable chemical production. As a result, membrane reactors show great promise in the production of various chemicals and fuels. This paper provides an overview of recent developments in dense ceramic catalytic membrane reactors and their potential for chemical production. This review covers different types of membrane reactors and their principles, advantages, disadvantages, and key issues. The paper also discusses the configuration and design of catalytic membrane reactors. Finally, the paper offers insights into the challenges of scaling up membrane reactors from experimental stages to practical applications.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR)
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
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Uncontrolled Keywords: catalytic membrane reactors,heterogeneous reaction,inorganic membranes,mixed conducting membranes,Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous),Process Chemistry and Technology,Filtration and Separation
Publication ISSN: 2077-0375
Last Modified: 23 May 2024 07:26
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2023 15:44
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PURE Output Type: Review article
Published Date: 2023-07
Published Online Date: 2023-06-25
Accepted Date: 2023-06-22
Authors: Zhang, Zhicheng
Zhou, Wanglin
Wang, Tianlei
Gu, Zhenbin
Zhu, Yongfan
Liu, Zhengkun
Wu, Zhentao (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-4934-8046)
Zhang, Guangru
Jin, Wanqin



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