Journal of Polymer Research

, 21:319 | Cite as

Improving CO2 separation performance of the polyethylene glycol (PEG)/polytrifluoropropylsiloxane (PTFPMS) blend composite membrane

  • Fei Nie
  • Gaohong HeEmail author
  • Wei Zhao
  • Jia Ju
  • Yuanfa Liu
  • Yan Dai
Original Paper


Polyethylene glycol (PEG) as a promoting material for CO2 separation performance of a composite membrane is introduced into the polytrifluoropropylmethylsiloxane (PTFPMS) network to form a blend selective layer coated on a porous polyetherimide (PEI) support membrane. The maximum blend ratio of PEG to PTFMS in mass is determined for PEG-400, PEG-600, and PEG-1000 at 0.5, 0.2 and 0.2 from the blend solution status observed by an optical microscope. The miscibility of PEG and PTFPMS is verified from one peak of the blend film in DSC characterization. Furthermore, the interaction between PEG and PTFPMS is van der Waals force from the decreasing strength of ether group in ATR-FTIR analysis. The stability of the PEG/PTFPMS blend composite membrane is investigated with pure N2, O2, and CO2 permeation experiments under the transmembrane pressure difference up to 1.0 MPa. The N2 permeation rate of the PEG400/PTFPMS blend composite membrane with a blend ratio of 0.2 is 2.11 GPU, while the O2/N2 and CO2/N2 selectivities are improved to 2.67 and 26.67, respectively, which are higher than those of pure PTFPMS composite membrane that is 2.2 and 13.79, respectively.


PEG PTFPMS Blend composite membrane CO2 separation 



The authors thank the financial support of National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars of China (21125628) and the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (2012AA03A611).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fei Nie
    • 1
  • Gaohong He
    • 1
    Email author
  • Wei Zhao
    • 1
  • Jia Ju
    • 1
  • Yuanfa Liu
    • 1
  • Yan Dai
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals, R&D Center of Membrane Science and Technology, School of Chemical EngineeringDalian University of TechnologyDalianChina

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