Oxygen permeation and oxidative coupling of methane with NiFe2O4-Gd0.1Ce0.9O2-δ composite membrane


Oxygen permeability and oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) characteristics of a 30 vol.% NiFe2O4-70 vol.% Gd0.1Ce0.9O2-δ (NFO-GDC) composite membrane were systematically investigated by varying operational conditions for oxygen permeation and OCM experiments. The NFO-GDC membrane showed the maximum oxygen permeation flux of 2.24 mL∙cm−2∙min−1 under an Air/He gradient at 900 °C, and flux increased with increasing oxygen partial pressure gradient in the order He < CH4 < H2. The maximum OCM yield and C2H4/C2H6 ratio were observed at 900 °C and for CH4 flowing at 12.5 mL∙min-1, respectively, and the yield and ratio both increased with increasing temperature in the range 700–900 °C. The overall coupling yield was notably enhanced by applying a Mn/Na2WO4/SiO2 catalyst to the permeate side of the composite membrane. The NFO-GDC membrane with the Mn/Na2WO4/SiO2 catalyst exhibited the maximum yield and a C2H4/C2H6 ratio of 8.6% and 3.21, respectively.

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This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (NRF-2020R1F1A1048303). This work supported by the Technology Innovation Program (No. 20012971 and No. 20004963) funded by the Ministry of Trade, industry & Energy (MOTIE), Republic of Korea.

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Lee, Y.A., Yu, J.H., Yoon, H. et al. Oxygen permeation and oxidative coupling of methane with NiFe2O4-Gd0.1Ce0.9O2-δ composite membrane. Ionics (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11581-021-03926-0

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  • Composite
  • Fluorites
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  • Oxygen permeation
  • Oxidative coupling of methane