alexa Importance of the support material in thin palladium composite membranes for steady hydrogen permeation at elevated temperatures.


Journal of Membrane Science & Technology

Author(s): Okazaki J, Ikeda T, Pacheco Tanaka DA, Llosa Tanco MA, Wakui Y,

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Abstract Hydrogen permeation performance of palladium membranes supported on porous alpha-alumina and yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) was studied at 300-850 degrees C. The hydrogen permeation flux across the palladium-alpha-alumina membrane decreased markedly during permeation tests conducted at >600 degrees C. The SEM and XPS studies of the post-test membrane revealed the presence of aluminium in the palladium layer. Such migration of aluminium was not observed by heating the palladium-alpha-alumina membrane under an argon atmosphere, indicating that hydrogen is responsible for this phenomenon. Hydrogen-induced strong metal-support interaction might be related to this considerable loss of the hydrogen flux. Reduction of alumina to Al(0) by active hydrogen at the membrane-support interface and subsequent migration of Al(0) into the palladium layer represents the most plausible mechanism for the aluminium diffusion. Actually, Al(0) that migrated into the palladium membrane layer generated less hydrogen-permeable palladium-aluminium alloy or inter-metallic compound phase. In contrast, no such strong interaction was found between the YSZ support and the palladium membrane. This composite membrane exhibited a steady permeation of hydrogen at 650 degrees C for 336 h. Having a remarkably high reduction potential, Y(III) is unlikely to be reduced to Y(0), although Zr(IV) has a comparable reduction potential to that of Al(III). A binary phase diagram shows a liquid alloy phase present for the Pd/Al couple at temperatures greater than 615 degrees C (eutectic point), while an inter-metallic compound or liquid alloy phase in the Pd-Zr binary system is not apparent at temperatures less than 750 degrees C. Consequently, inter-diffusion of zirconium with palladium did not occur during operations at 650 degrees C. This article was published in Phys Chem Chem Phys and referenced in Journal of Membrane Science & Technology

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