Petroleum Chemistry

, Volume 50, Issue 4, pp 271–282

Membrane gas separation progresses for process intensification strategy in the petrochemical industry

  • P. Bernardo
  • E. Drioli

DOI: 10.1134/S0965544110040043

Cite this article as:
Bernardo, P. & Drioli, E. Pet. Chem. (2010) 50: 271. doi:10.1134/S0965544110040043


The focus of this paper is on the progresses in membrane gas separation technology applied in the oil refining and petrochemical sector. Industrial applications, research trends on new materials and technical solutions, challenges and possible applications will be discussed. Other membrane operations will be briefly addressed, owing to their increasing number of installed systems in the refinery/petrochemical industry. This paper outlines how implementation of membrane technology in refineries and in the petrochemical industry result in Process Intensification (e.g., reduced footprint, better material utilization, reduced energy, reduced utilities and waste).

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© Pleiades Publishing, Ltd. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Bernardo
    • 1
  • E. Drioli
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.National Research Council—Institute for Membrane Technology (ITM-CNR), Via P. Buccic/o University of CalabriaRende CSItaly
  2. 2.Department of Chemical Engineering and MaterialsUniversity of CalabriaRende CSItaly