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Effect of ester group on the performance of zwitterionic imidazolium compounds as membrane materials for separating alkene/alkane mixtures

Authors
Journal
Journal of Membrane Science
0376-7388
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
313
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2008.01.026
Keywords
  • Ionic Liquids
  • Membranes
  • Zwitterionic Compounds
  • Facilitated Alkene Transport
  • Ionomer

Abstract

Abstract Zwitterionic imidazolium compounds containing a propylsulfonate group and an ester group at 1- or 2-position were prepared and used as the membrane materials for separating ethylene/ethane and propylene/propane mixtures. The performance of the membranes consisting of a silver salt and a zwitterionic imidazolium compound bearing an ester group was significantly affected by the location of the ester group on the imidazolium ring. The investigation of the interaction between a zwitterionic imidazolium compound and AgNO 3 using the density functional theory method and FT-IR study shows that the silver ion bonded to propylsulfonate group interacts intra-molecularly with the ester group only when both ester and propylsulfonate groups are located on the same side of the imidazolium ring.

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