About this Research Topic
Molecular separation, particularly gas separation and purification, plays important roles in many industries and emerging niche applications. Membrane technology has been endowed with numerous useful features in terms of their performances, energy consumption, and environmental friendliness. Over the last two decades, membrane technology has been extensively applied in many large-scale gas separation processes, especially in oil and gas related industries. In bench-scale, remarkable improvements have been made in the development of membranes for gas separations. Besides polymeric and inorganic membranes which have been conventionally used as gas separation membranes, recent focus has been placed on the development of a new class of nanocomposite membranes due to their unprecedented physico-chemical properties and gas separation performance.
The membrane itself is known as the heart of the entire membrane-based separation process. Therefore, the tailoring and fine-tuning of the membranes’ physico-chemical properties are very crucial in determining the gas separation efficiency of the process. The exploration of various novel functional materials has opened new opportunities in the design of high performance materials. This Research Topic aims to provide further insight into the recent efforts in exploiting various frontier materials in the development of gas separation membranes.
The scopes of this Research Topic includes, but is not limited to, manuscripts addressing the following:
- Novel materials for the fabrication of polymeric, inorganic, and nanocomposite gas separation membrane
- Modification and functionalization of gas separation membranes
- Carbon dioxide and other acidic gas removal
- Air purification
- Hydrogen purification
- Olefin/paraffin separation
- Modelling and computational studies
Topic Editors Pei Sean Goh and Ahmad Fauzi Ismail (University of Technology, Malaysia) hold patents relating to membrane-based refinement processes. All other Topic Editors declare no competing interests with regard to the Research Topic subject.
Keywords: materials, nanomaterials, membrane, gas separation, CO2 removal
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