Review on Prospects for Energy Saving in Distillation Process with Microporous Membranes

Masahiko Matsukata*, Ken ichi Sawamura, Yasushi Sekine, Eiichi Kikuchi

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This review describes prospects for energy saving in the chemical and petroleum industries and recommends that increasing efforts be exerted on the development of membrane-based separation systems. A preliminary estimate suggests that the simple addition of a membrane separation unit to an existing separation system or distillation unit can drastically reduce energy consumption by more than 70%. This review also describes state-of-the-art of zeolite-based separation membranes, which is the one of the most promising technologies among emerging separation methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-193
Number of pages19
JournalMembrane Science and Technology
Publication statusPublished - 2011 May 9


  • C1 chemistry
  • De-watering
  • Dehydration
  • Distillation-membrane hybrid process
  • Energy saving
  • Faujasite
  • Hydrophilicity
  • Membrane preparation
  • Membrane reactor
  • Membrane separation
  • MFI
  • Microporous membrane
  • Mordenite
  • Pervaporation
  • Secondary growth
  • Silicalite
  • Vapor permeation
  • Zeolite
  • ZSM-5

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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