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THYME: PV membrane design

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Emma Calverley

Project Description

The proposal aims to develop pervaporation membranes for separation of solvent and water. The overarching study targets to the solvent recovery after biomass conversions, such as to recoup the biofuels from fermentation downstream. Depending on the applied process concentration in the permeate stream varies, but it is obligatory to increase concentration to at least 90 wt% to gain 50 % energy savings for the subsequent purification step. Due to an azeotrope of water-n-butanol of 38 wt% (water content), about 80% energy demand for distillation decreases or even replaced by pervaporation techniques.

Status Project Complete
Funder(s) Research England
Value £47,943.00
Project Dates Jan 1, 2020 - Mar 31, 2021
Partner Organisations University of York
Nanjing Jiusi High-Tech Co Ltd

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