2D materials-based membranes for hydrogen purification: Current status and future prospects

Euntae Yang, Abayomi Babatunde Alayande, Kunli Goh, Chang Min Kim, Kyoung Hoon Chu, Moon Hyun Hwang, Ji Hoon Ahn, Kyu Jung Chae

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Hydrogen (H2) is the most viable energy carrier to replace fossil fuels and achieve zero net emission. To realize hydrogen-based society, the development of energy-efficient and high-purity H2 production techniques is one of the key issues as currently mature H2 purification technologies are energy-intensive. Membrane separation is an attractive option to obtain high-purity H2 gas with low energy consumption. However, membrane separation processes are often limited by the low performance of commercial polymeric membranes despite the progress made over the last few decades. As an alternative, two-dimensional nanomaterials (2DNMs) have recently drawn tremendous attention as membrane materials thanks to their unique physical and chemical properties. Herein, we seek to offer a comprehensive review of 2DNM-based membranes for H2 gas separation. Also, we discuss the current technological challenges and provide our perspectives for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11389-11410
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Mar 19

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the project for Young researcher group, the Institute of Marine Industry, Gyeongsang National University , 2019, and in part by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (No. 2019R1A2C1006356 ). The authors thank Dr. H. E. Karahan for the useful recommendation and providing feedback on the manuscript.

Publisher Copyright:
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  • H
  • Membrane
  • Purification
  • Separation
  • Two-dimensional nanomaterial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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