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Kasahara S.,Center for Membrane and Film Technology | Kamio E.,Center for Membrane and Film Technology | Ishigami T.,Center for Membrane and Film Technology | Matsuyama H.,Center for Membrane and Film Technology
Journal of Membrane Science | Year: 2012

Amino acid ionic liquid-based facilitated transport membranes with tetrabutylphosphonium amino acid ionic liquids with glycine, alanine, proline and serine as the anion were prepared and their CO 2 permeation properties were evaluated from the physical and physicochemical properties of the amino acid ionic liquids. A tetrabutylphosphonium proline-based facilitated transport membrane showed an excellent CO 2 permeability of 14,000 Barrer, twice that of the others investigated, and a CO 2/N 2 selectivity of 100 at 373K under dry conditions. Thermogravimetric measurement showed that the tetrabutylphosphonium proline had a relatively high water-holding ability compared with the other amino acid ionic liquids investigated. The strong water holding ability of tetrabutylphosphonium proline realized the large absorption amount of CO 2 and established a large concentration gradient for the CO 2-complex across the membrane. The large concentration gradient provided a large driving force for CO 2-complex transport through the membrane and increased CO 2 permeability. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.

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