Effect of a Pt-ZrO2 protection layer on the performance and morphology of Pd-Au alloy membrane during H2S exposure

Sung Wook Lee, Duck Kyu Oh, Jin Woo Park, Chun Boo Lee, Dong Wook Lee, Jong Soo Park, Sung Hyun Kim, Kyung Ran Hwang

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Abstract

We prepared a disc-type Pd-Au alloy membrane, on which a Pt-ZrO2 protection layer was deposited to protect the hydrogen membrane from H2S poisoning. The effect of the protection layer on the performance and morphology of the Pd-Au alloy membrane during H2S exposure was investigated. The hydrogen flux did not decrease significantly in the presence of the protection layer, which covered the surface of the membrane. When the membrane with the protection layer was exposed to a mixture of H2S, the hydrogen flux decreased to 35% of the original value, which is half of the decrease observed with the bare Pd-Au membrane. The hydrogen flux of the poisoned membrane was almost completely recovered after changing back to pure H2 gas. Under harsh conditions, the membrane with the protection layer was found to retain the hydrogen flux and selectivity, while the selectivity of the bare membrane decreased to zero, indicating that it was disintegrated. This means that the Pt-ZrO2 layer prevents direct contact between Pd and H2S, thus protecting the Pd membrane from poisoning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-215
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Volume641
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Aug 1

Keywords

  • Hydrogen
  • Hydrogen sulfide
  • Pd alloy membrane
  • Protection layer
  • Pt-ZrO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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