Development of Pd-based membranes for hydrogen separation/purification applications

Document Type: Research Paper


1 Dept. of Chemical & Biological Engineering University of British Columbia

2 NORAM Engineering

3 Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of British Columbia

4 NORAM Engineering and Constructors, Suite 1800 - 200 Granville Street Vancouver British Columbia Canada V6C 1S4



This paper summarizes R&D activities and progress at NORAM Engineering and the University of British Columbia (UBC) on preparation and testing of thin palladium-based membranes and their applications. Most of these activities were carried out internally at NORAM, some jointly with UBC and their spin-off company, Membrane Reactor Technology (MRT) through a wide range of projects. Key results outlined in this paper include: 1) modularization and applications of foil-based Pd alloy membranes with inter-diffusion barriers; 2) preparing and characterizing thin Pd composite membranes; 3) development of Pd-Ru membranes by electroless plating for enhanced stability at higher temperatures; 4) production of palladium membranes for application in hydrogen separation and hydrogen production by fluidized bed membrane reactors.


Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Available Online from 02 October 2019
  • Receive Date: 04 July 2019
  • Revise Date: 01 October 2019
  • Accept Date: 02 October 2019