Multi-scale design of MOF-based membrane separation for CO2/CH4 mixture via integration of molecular simulation, machine learning and process modeling and simulation

Xi Cheng, Yangyanbing Liao, Zhao Lei, Jie Li, Xiaolei Fan, Xin Xiao

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Abstract

Metal-organic framework (MOF) membranes have demonstrated high efficiency for CO2 capture due to their wide range of pore sizes, high surface area, high porosity, and open metal sites. In this work, we propose a multi-scale design framework of MOF-based membrane separation for CO2/CH4 mixture via integration of molecular simulation, machine learning, and process modelling and simulation. The GCMC and MD molecular simulation is first used to evaluate adsorption isotherms, isosteric adsorption heat, self-diffusivity, activation energy, permeability, and selectivity of a MOF-based membrane (e.g., IRMOF-1) for CO2/CH4 separation at different operating conditions. It is found that the simulated isotherms at 298 K are consistent with experimental results. CO2 permeability can range from 4.090 × 104 to 3.818 × 105 barrer with variation in operating conditions. The same phenomenon is also reflected in the selectivity. We then establish prediction models of adsorption capacity and self-diffusivity using machine learning methods such as artificial neural network (ANN), which are used to calculate the permeability. The mean squared error is 0.0086, and the coefficient of determination is 0.9822. The proposed ANN models are integrated with the tanks-in-series model of a hollow fiber membrane separation process, which is simulated using the finite volume method. Three case studies illustrate the feasibility and superiority of the proposed integrated framework.

Original languageEnglish
Article number121430
JournalJournal of Membrane Science
Volume672
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CO/CH separation
  • Machine learning
  • Membrane separation
  • Metal-organic framework
  • Molecular simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Filtration and Separation

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