Preparation and characterization of thin-film Pd-Ag supported membranes for high-temperature applications
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Palladium membrane preparation
Fluidized bed membrane reactor
High temperature sealing
Autothermal steam reforming
This paper reports the preparation, characterization and stability tests of thin-film Pd-Ag supported membranes for high-temperature fluidized bed membrane reactor applications. Various thin-film supported membranes have been prepared by simultaneous Pd-Ag electroless plating and have been initially sealed with a sealing procedure previously validated for Water gas shift (WGS) application (400 ºC). The membranes have been characterized for single gas and mixed gas permeation, and for methane steam and autothermal reforming in a fluidized bed membrane reactor at 550-600 ºC using a Ru-based catalyst. In addition, the performance of these membranes was compared to commercial membranes from REB Research & Consulting under the same reaction conditions. The applied sealing showed nitrogen leaks at 600 ºC and different sealing approaches were tested solving this problem. Finally, also the long-term stability of the thin-film Pd-Ag supported membrane at 600 ºC has been investigated.