MICROPOROUS SPIROCYCLIC POLYMERS FOR MEMBRANE SEPARATIONS OF CRUDE OIL MIXTURES
Thompson, Kirstie A.
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The fractionation of crude oil mixtures via distillation is a large-scale, energy-intensive process. Membrane materials can avoid phase changes in such mixtures and thereby reduce the energy intensity of these thermal separations. However, membrane technologies have not yet been developed for the fractionation of complex organic mixtures. With this application in mind, we developed a modular method for the synthesis of spirocyclic membrane materials, providing a platform to study membrane structure-function relationships. This dissertation explores these structure-function relationships as they pertain to the membrane-based fractionation of complex hydrocarbon and crude oil mixtures.