The ethylbenzene separation from mixed xylene is one of the critical issues in the chemical industry. In this study, separation of ethylbenzene from ternary xylene mixtures system [ethylbenzene (EB), para-xylene (PX) and meta-xylene (MX)] was performed using a nano-zeolite coated tubular membrane system. Nano-zeolite membranes with different Si/Al ratios (Si/Al = 30, 100 and ∞) were prepared by a microwave hydrothermal method and the separation performance was compared. MFI-type nano-zeolite membranes were synthesized on alumina tubes from the randomly oriented seed layers by dip coating and functional coating using 3-chloropropyltrimethoxysilane, respectively. After the microwave-assisted secondary growth, it was observed that thinner layers of nano-zeolites were prepared by functional coating (3-4 μm) compared to the typical dip coating (6-8 μm). Ethylbenzene separation tests were performed using a comparatively high EB-containing ternary mixture feed (EB/PX/MX = 80/5/15 molar ratio). The silicalite-1 (Si/Al ratio = ∞) membrane with a functional layer shows the best ethylbenzene separation factor of 3.11 from the high EB-containing ternary mixture feed (ethylbenzene flux: 1,010.6 mol/m 2 s Pa ×10-10).
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Acknowledgments This work was supported by the Technology Innovation Program (or Industrial Strategic technology development program, 10033277, ‘EB separation technology from Ethylbenzene/ Mixed C8’).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering