Ion–Conducting Ceramic Membrane Reactors for the Conversion of Chemicals

Zhicheng Zhang, Wanglin Zhou, Tianlei Wang, Zhenbin Gu, Yongfan Zhu, Zhengkun Liu, Zhentao Wu, Guangru Zhang, Wanqin Jin

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Ion–conducting ceramic membranes, such as mixed oxygen ionic and electronic conducting (MIEC) membranes and mixed proton–electron conducting (MPEC) membranes, have the potential for absolute selectivity for specific gases at high temperatures. By utilizing these membranes in membrane reactors, it is possible to combine reaction and separation processes into one unit, leading to a reduction in by–product formation and enabling the use of thermal effects to achieve efficient and sustainable chemical production. As a result, membrane reactors show great promise in the production of various chemicals and fuels. This paper provides an overview of recent developments in dense ceramic catalytic membrane reactors and their potential for chemical production. This review covers different types of membrane reactors and their principles, advantages, disadvantages, and key issues. The paper also discusses the configuration and design of catalytic membrane reactors. Finally, the paper offers insights into the challenges of scaling up membrane reactors from experimental stages to practical applications.
Original languageEnglish
Article number621
Number of pages31
Issue number7
Early online date25 Jun 2023
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023

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  • catalytic membrane reactors
  • heterogeneous reaction
  • inorganic membranes
  • mixed conducting membranes


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