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Oxygen-Permeable Membranes team

Oxygen transport membranes (OTM) provide an energy efficient way to separate oxygen from air at elevated temperatures, i.e. 500 – 900 °C. OTM materials are ceramics showing mixed ionic electronic conductivity (MIEC). This process does not consume any energy making it very efficient. However, certain temperature above 500 °C is necessary to make the ion diffusion fast enough. The selection of a suitable material is highly depending on the targeted application defining operation conditions particularly temperature, pressure, and atmospheres. Optimized membranes should be as thin as possible, requiring a mechanically stable support with sufficient porosity in order to enable oxygen feed to the thin membrane layer. Ideally, fine porous surface activation layers at both sides of the membrane facilitate oxygen surface exchange. The material of choice for developing high-performance materials was BSCF. The next step will be a proof of concept for these components. Another priority is the improvement of membrane stability while retaining the desired functional properties. Asymmetric BSCF or LSCF membranes are investigated with external partners to find out whether they are suitable for intensifying chemical processes, for example to efficiently provide oxygen for catalytic conversions, such as converting methane to hydrocarbons. These activities are consistently being expanded with external partners.

Sauerstoffpermeable Membrane

Oxygen Permeable Membranes team
Arbeitsgruppe Gastrennmembranen: Dr. Stefan Baumann
Dr. Stefan Baumann
Team leader
Phone: +49 2461 61-8961
Arbeitsgruppe Dünne Schichten: Dr. Jürgen Dornseiffer
Dr. Jürgen Dornseiffer
Scientific employee
Phone: +49 2461 61-5290
Team Sauerstoffpermeable Membrane: Sabrina Ecker
Sabrina Ecker
PhD student
Phone: +49 2461 61-96737
Arbeitsgruppe Pulvermetallurgie: Jörn Faul
Jörn Faul
Technical employee
Phone: +49 2461 61-6470
Team Sauerstoffpermeable Membrane: Liudmila Fischer
Liudmila Fischer
PhD student
Phone: +49 2461 61-9702
Team Sauerstoffpermeable Membrane: Stefan Heinz
Stefan Heinz
Technical employee
Phone: +49 2461 61-4594
Team Sauerstoffpermeable Membrane: Patrick Behr
Patrick Behr
stud. assistant
Phone: +49 2461 61-8961


Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-1)
Materials Synthesis and Processing

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