Ion Transport Membrane technology


Air Product’s Ted Foster speaks to gasworld about an innovative oxygen separation method that could change the face of gas infrastructure.

Ion Transport Membrane technology uses a ceramic membrane – a complex metal oxide which, under pressure and temperature, ionises and separates oxygen molecules from air.

It is being developed by Air Products as a viable alternative to conventional cryogenic air separation, as no external power source is required in the process, and the technology has the potential to produce large quantities of oxygen.

ITM technology is patented by Air Products. The company began its exploratory research back in 1988, and has worked with the US Department of Energy (DOE) since 1999 in order to develop it further.

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