, Volume 33, Issue 5, pp 411-417

The effect of corrugated membranes on salt splitting

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An investigation of the electrohydrolysis of sodium sulfate using a corrugated Nafion® 117 membrane is reported. A comparison of the performance of a flat and corrugated Nafion® 117 in a two-compartment membrane electrolysis cell is made. Corrugating the membrane increased the active membrane area by 57% compared to the projected area. The effect of flow rate, current density and salt concentration on current efficiencies, transport properties and achievable product concentrations are presented. The results show a large improvement on transport properties, current efficiencies and product formation using corrugated membranes. Corrugated membranes gave an improvement of up to 77% on achievable base concentration and an increase of approximately 22% in current efficiency.