Analysis of the Water Permeability of Linde Type A Zeolites in Reverse Osmosis

Pinar Cay-Durgun, Shawn G. Fink, Andrew Shabilla, Huidan Yin, Kenji A. Sasaki, Marylaura Thomas

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In this paper, we apply the Hagan-Poiseuille Model and the resistance model to perform an original analysis of previous experimental studies of water transport through polycrystalline Linde Type A (LTA) zeolite membranes and nanocomposite polymer/LTA membranes. From our analysis we estimate the intrinsic water permeability of LTA zeolites and the zeolite/polymer interface. We find that the permeability of a single LTA crystal is significantly greater than the intrinsic permeability of a commercial seawater reverse osmosis membrane or a commercial cellulose-acetate forward osmosis membrane.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2824-2833
Number of pages10
JournalSeparation Science and Technology (Philadelphia)
Issue number18
StatePublished - Dec 12 2014


  • LTA
  • hydraulic permeability
  • molecular sieve
  • nanocomposite
  • permeance
  • reverse osmosis
  • zeolite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Filtration and Separation


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