Electro-catalytic membrane reactors and the development of bipolar membrane technology

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Balster, J. and Stamatialis, D.F. and Wessling, M. (2004) Electro-catalytic membrane reactors and the development of bipolar membrane technology. Chemical Engineering and Processing, 43 (9). pp. 1115-1127. ISSN 0255-2701

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Abstract:Membrane reactors are currently under extensive research and development. Hardly any concept, however, is realized yet in practice. Frequently, forgotten as membrane reactors are electro-catalytic membrane reactors where electrodes perform chemical conversations and membranes separate the locations of conversion. We review first a mature electromembrane technology: the chlor-alkali electrolysis. A second example is the polymer-electrolyte fuel cells (FC) as an emerging technology, which carries the potential to dramatically change society¿s energy infrastructure. Finally, we extensively describe a technology where the membrane itself is catalytically effective, splitting water into protons and hydroxyl ions: bipolar ion-exchange membrane technology.
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Copyright:© 2004 Elsevier B.V.
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/49556
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cep.2003.11.010
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