Pervaporation of MTBE/methanol mixtures through PVA membranes

HİLMİOĞLU N., Tulbentci S.

DESALINATION, vol.160, no.3, pp.263-270, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 160 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s0011-9164(04)90028-8
  • Journal Name: DESALINATION
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.263-270
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


Sorption and pervaporation experiments were carried outwith PVA/PAA cross-linked membranes for the separation of azeotropic methyl tert-butyl ether and methanol mixtures. The influence of the PVA/PAA ratio and liquid mixture composition were investigated. With increasing PAA content in the membranes, solubilities and fluxes decreased and selectivities increased. Total sorption and fluxes increased with increasing concentration of MeOH. Increasing the concentration of MeOH resulted in decreasing selectivities. Because of polarity, MeOH permeated selectively through the membranes. Sorption results showed the same tendency with pervaporation results.