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Zeolite templated carbon (ZTC), a structurally unique carbon material was used as new fillers for the preparation of composite polymeric membrane derived from BTDA-TDI/MDI (P84) co-polyimide. The thermal stability of membrane, the structure evolution, morphology and topology, as well as gas separation performance of modified membranes were investigated. Zeolite-Y, a hard template for ZTC, was synthesized via hydrothermal method. The ZTC was synthesized via impregnation of sucrose as carbon precursor into zeolite pore and followed by carbonization at 800°C. The zeolite template was removed through acid treatment to obtain ZTC, which was used as fillers for membrane preparation. The membrane was prepared using P84 co-polyimide as membrane precursor via phase inversion process. Synthesized materials were characterized using SEM, XRD, N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm and TEM. The thermal stability of membrane was improved by the addition of ZTC. As the result of ZTC loading into P84 co-polyimide membrane, the gas permeability of CO2 increased thirty-four times, as well as the CO2/CH4 selectivity boosted from 0.76 to 5.23. The ordered pore structure in ZTC plays important role in increasing the permeability and selectivity performances of the P84 co-polyimide membrane.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-413
Number of pages7
JournalMalaysian Journal of Fundamental and Applied Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2019


  • CO2 separation
  • Mixed matrix membrane
  • P84 co-polyimide
  • zeolite templated carbon


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