Chapter 15. Evolution of Natural Gas Treatment with Membrane Systems

  1. Yuri Yampolskii2 and
  2. Benny Freeman3
  1. Lloyd S. White

Published Online: 30 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470665626.ch15

Membrane Gas Separation

Membrane Gas Separation

How to Cite

White, L. S. (2010) Evolution of Natural Gas Treatment with Membrane Systems, in Membrane Gas Separation (eds Y. Yampolskii and B. Freeman), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470665626.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 2

    A. V. Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis, Russian Academy of Sciences, 29 Leninsky Pr., 119991, Moscow, Russia

  2. 3

    University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA

Author Information

  1. UOP LLC, Des Plaines, Illinois, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JUN 2010
  2. Published Print: 13 AUG 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470746219

Online ISBN: 9780470665626



  • evolution of natural gas treatment with membrane systems;
  • cellulose acetate membranes for reverse osmosis (RO) - into gas separation membranes;
  • freeze drying, technique protecting microporous structure with cold temperature;
  • design philosophies - successful operation of reverse osmosis system;
  • market for natural gas treatment;
  • amine treaters - chemical plant operation and aqueous amine solution;
  • good filtration system for pre–treatment of inlet gas - key component of amine system design;
  • cellulose acetate versus polyimide;
  • cellulose acetate membranes and laboratory tests;
  • new installations in natural gas treatment - favourable to membrane systems


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Market for Natural Gas Treatment

  • Amine Treaters

  • Contaminants and Membrane Performance

  • Cellulose Acetate versus Polyimide

  • Compaction in Gas Separations

  • Experimental

  • Laboratory Tests of Cellulose Acetate Membranes

  • Field Trials of Cellulose Acetate Membranes

  • Strategies for Reduced Size of Large-scale Membrane Systems

  • Research Directions

  • Summary

  • Acknowledgements

  • References