New polymer catalytic membranes for nitrite reduction: experimental assessment


In this work we report the experimental assessment of the performance of a new catalytic hollow fiber reactor with supported Pd catalyst for nitrite removal from polluted waters. The reactor configuration facilitates working at low flowrate and hydrogen concentrations in order to improve the selectivity of the reduction reaction towards nitrogen, thus, inhibiting the formation of ammonia. Pd catalyst was supported on propylene and polyethersulfone hollow fibers following a simple impregnation method; the stability of the supported catalyst was checked along the operation time. Experiments of nitrite reduction were carried out in the range of 0.075-1 bar of H2 partial pressure, 0.3-0.4 bar of CO2 partial pressure, 200-400 mL/min of water flowrate and 20-200 mL/min of gas flowrate with an initial nitrite concentration of 150 mg/L. Under the experimental conditions a selectivity to N2 close to 90% with 80% conversion of nitrites was achieved.Financial support from the Spanish Ministry of Science under the project CTQ2015-66078-R (MINECO, Spain-FEDER 2014–2020) is gratefully acknowledge

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