This invention provides hydrogen-permeable membranes for separation of hydrogen from hydrogen-containing gases. The membranes are multi-layer having a central hydrogen-permeable layer with one or more catalyst layers, barrier layers, and/or protective layers. The invention also relates to membrane reactors employing the hydrogen-permeable membranes of the invention and to methods for separation of hydrogen from a hydrogen-containing gas using the membranes and reactors. The reactors of this invention can be combined with additional reactor systems for direct use of the separated hydrogen.
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH
This invention was made with United States government funding though the Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory Contract No. DE-FC26-00NT40762. The United States government has certain rights in this invention.