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Membrane Water Treatment
  Volume 5, Number 4, October 2014 , pages 265-279

Pervaporation separation of ethanol via adsorbent-filled silicon rubber membranes
Ling-Yun Ji, Bao-Li Shi and Qing-Wen Wang

    Pervaporation is the most promising technique for the recovery of ethanol from the fermentation system. To date, extensive research has been conducted on the exploration of membrane materials with favorable properties. In this paper, we primarily review the performance of adsorbent-filled rubbery membranes. In addition, the fundamental mechanisms of ethanol and water molecules transportation through composite membranes are demonstrated, particularly from the perspective of cluster formation. Finally, future prospects are also analyzed to develop the guidelines for the future development of excellent membrane materials for ethanol concentration. This paper is not meant to be an exhaustive overview, rather a specialized summary that allows readers to select the information appropriated to their topics.
Key Words
    mixed matrix membranes; pervaporation; ethanol; PDMS; cluster
(1) Ling-Yun Ji, Bao-Li Shi:
Department of Chemistry, College of Science, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, 150040, China;
(2) Bao-Li Shi, Qing-Wen Wang:
Key Laboratory of Bio-Based Material Science and Technology of Ministry of Education, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, 150040, China.

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