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Enhanced oxygen permeation through perovskite hollow fibre membranes by methane activation
journal contributionposted on 2009-05-01, 00:00 authored by H Liu, Z Pang, X Tan, Z Shao, Jaka Sunarso, R Ding, S Liu
Hollow fibre membranes of mixed conducting perovskite La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3 (LSCF) were prepared via the combined phase inversion and sintering technique. The fibres were tested for air separation with a home-made reactor under the oxygen partial pressure gradient generated by the air/He streams. Some fibres were in situ activated by introducing methane in the He sweeping gas at high temperatures. The activated membranes with new morphology were created by transforming the inner densified surface layer to a porous structure. Compared to the original membranes, the activated gave appreciable higher oxygen fluxes. At 800 °C, the oxygen fluxes were increased by a factor of 10 after activation was carried out at 1000 °C for 1 h.