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Hamidreza Sanaeepur

Hamidreza Sanaeepur

Academic rank: Associate Professor
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3255-9696
Education: PhD.
ScopusId: 36129742900
Faculty: Engineering
Address: Arak University
Phone: 086-32625410

Research

Title
A novel analytical method for prediction of gas permeation properties in ternary mixed matrix membranes: Considering an adsorption zone around the particles
Type
JournalPaper
Keywords
Gas Concentration; Nanoparticles, Analytical Model and Simulation; Mixed Matrix Membrane
Year
2019
Journal Separation and Purification Technology
DOI
Researchers Abtin Ebadi Amooghin ، Mostafa Lashani ، Mohammad Mehdi Moftakhari Sharifzadeh ، Hamidreza Sanaeepur

Abstract

Mixed Matrix Membranes (MMMs) are composed of dispersed (nano) particles into a continuous polymer matrix with a complex structure. Here, we present a new analytical model for calculation of gas concentration in the MMMs. In this regard, it is determined the gas concentration in the two zones of an MMM including the polymer matrix and the outer surface of a dense nanoparticle which is called adsorption zone. Therefore, mass transfer equations developed for polymer matrix/nanoparticles interface. A 3D model for MMM considered in which the spherical shape dense nanoparticles are randomly dispersed in the polymer matrix. In the vicinity of a nanoparticle, gas molecules attract to the adsorption zone. Achieved results indicated that when a gas molecule passing from up- to downstream side of an MMM, its concentration changes linearly through the polymer matrix, however changes nonlinearly near to the adsorption zone. Indeed, gas molecules pass the adsorption zone much faster than the polymer matrix and abandon the membrane non-uniformly. It was also concluded that penetrant concentration at the adsorption zone is directly related to the gas diffusion coefficient at the nanoparticle surface (Dadsorp) which is two orders of magnitude higher than gas diffusion coefficient in the polymer matrix (Dp). Moreover, the results showed that at the nanoparticle surface where the theta (azimuthal angle) is equal to zero, the gas concentration has its minimum value. The more molecules adsorb on the nanoparticle surface, the higher concentration gradient between the polymer matrix and the nanoparticle surface is achieved. Gas concentration gradient in the polymer matrix deviates from its linear behavior on the upper hemispherical of nanoparticle surface (which is first facing point of the gas-adsorption zone). In addition, it is observed that the gas concentration at the bottom of the adsorption zone (the lower hemispherical of nanoparticle surface) is higher than that of the polymer m