FRESENIUS ENVIRONMENTAL BULLETIN, cilt.21, ss.1448-1453, 2012 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)
An alcohol/ether mixture: Methanol (MeOH) and methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) mixture were separated by an environmentally friendly membrane process: Pervaporation. Pervaporation experiments were carried out with a polymer blend membranes of poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and poly (acrylic acid) (PAA) at different temperatures. PVA/PAA cross-linked membranes were prepared with different blend ratios. The influence of PVA/PAA ratio and of liquid mixture composition were investigated. With increasing PAA content in the membranes fluxes decreased and selectivities increased. The flux increased with increasing operation temperature, as selectivity decreased. The studies showed that MeOH/MTBE mixtures can be separated by pervaporation which is an energy efficient technology.