Hydrogen permeation and stability in ultra-thin Pd-Ru supported membranes
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Author/sLiu, Jinxia; Bellini, Stefano; de Nooijer, Niek C.A.; Sun, Yu; Pacheco Tanaka, David Alfredo; [et al.]
In this paper, we report the performance of supported PdRu membranes for possible applications to hydrogen purification and/or production. For this purpose, we fabricated three ultra-thin α-alumina-supported membranes by combined plating techniques: a PdAg membrane (3 μm-thick ca.) and two PdRu (1.8 μm-thick ca.). The former is set as a benchmark for comparison. The membranes were characterised using different methodologies: permeation tests, thermal treatment and SEM analysis. Preliminary leakage tests performed with nitrogen has revealed that the two PdRu membranes, namely PdRu#1 and PdRu#2, show a non-ideal (non-infinite) selectivity, which is relatively low for the former (around 830 at 400 °C) and sufficiently high for the latter (2645 at 400 °C). This indicates a relevant presence of defects in the PdRu#2 membrane, differently from what observed for the PdAg and PdRu#1 ones. The permeation tests show that the hydrogen permeating flux is stable up to around 550 °C, with an apparently ...