Ceramic Membranes

Ceramic membranes can withstand high temperatures, extreme acidity or alkalinity and high operating pressures, making them suitable for many applications where polymeric and other inorganic membranes cannot. Ceramic membranes are increasingly being used in a broad range of industries such as biotechnology, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, petrochemical, microelectronics, and power generation. Each industry presents specific needs and opportunities. The main usages of ceramic membranes are for both gas separations and with nano- and micro-filtration.

 

The ability to control pore size and pore size distribution is the key to producing a product with high selectivity and high flux. 

 

Ceramic membranes are constructed from multiple ceramic layers and formed into an asymmetric element. These elements are grouped together in housings to form modules. Depending on the requirements of the application, different types of ceramic material are used. T3 has used materials such as α-alumina, γ-alumina, silica, and perovskite to form support, intermediate layer and the outermost functional layer. Pore sizes ranged from completely dense, to sub-micron.

T3 has developed proven strategies to tailor pore structure and membrane surface functionality for specific application. The ability to control pore size and pore size distribution at various layers is the key to producing a defect free end product with high selectivity and high flux. The ability to control material surface properties is essential to meet customer’s unique requirements.

T3 has developed ceramic membranes for applications ranging from oxygen selective membrane reactor, carbon dioxide capture to high temperature hydrogen separation. 

 

Ceramic membranes and module made by T3.Ceramic membranes and module made by T3.

Membrane materials

Pore size

a-alumina

g-alumina

Silica

Perovskite

Dense to

sub-micron