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Polymeric Membranes for Energy Applications

Membrane Applications

  1. Bee Ting Low,
  2. Yan Wang,
  3. Tai-Shung Chung

Published Online: 27 SEP 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118522318.emst151

Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and Technology

Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and Technology

How to Cite

Low, B. T., Wang, Y. and Chung, T.-S. 2013. Polymeric Membranes for Energy Applications. Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and Technology. 1–37.

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  1. National University of Singapore, Singapore

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 SEP 2013


Membrane technology is a promising separation technique for natural gas, hydrogen, and biofuel purifications. Polymeric membranes remain among the most viable commercial choice and substantial research works on the design of polymers with improved separation performance and physicochemical properties are in progress. Various approaches have been utilized by membrane scientists to overcome bottlenecks and to achieve this goal. In this review, a critical survey on polymeric membranes for gas separation and pervaporation in energy-related applications is presented.

The focus of this article is on tailoring polymers, polymer composites, and their processing for improved membrane-based separation. The merits and deficiencies of existing polymeric membranes are evaluated. The vital aspects of membrane process design and the future prospects of membrane-based separations are highlighted.


  • polymeric membranes;
  • CO2 removal;
  • gas separation;
  • bioalcohol purification;
  • pervaporation;
  • biofuel