Development of Palladium-Alloy Membranes for Hydrogen Separation and Purification

Document Type : Research Paper


1 NORAM Engineering

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

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

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


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.

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Development of Palladium-Alloy Membranes for Hydrogen Separation and Purification


Volume 6, Issue 1
Membrane Science and Research: A Tribute to Professor Takeshi Matsuura
January 2020
Pages 99-106
  • Receive Date: 04 July 2019
  • Revise Date: 01 October 2019
  • Accept Date: 02 October 2019