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Reclamation of potable water from mixed gas streams

United States Patent

July 19, 2016
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An apparatus for separating a liquid from a mixed gas stream can include a wall, a mixed gas stream passageway, and a liquid collection assembly. The wall can include a first surface, a second surface, and a plurality of capillary condensation pores. The capillary condensation pores extend through the wall, and have a first opening on the first surface of the wall, and a second opening on the second surface of the wall. The pore size of the pores can be between about 2 nm to about 100 nm. The mixed gas stream passageway can be in fluid communication with the first opening. The liquid collection assembly can collect liquid from the plurality of pores.
Judkins; Roddie R. (Knoxville, TN), Bischoff; Brian L. (Knoxville, TN), Debusk; Melanie Moses (Knoxville, TN), Narula; Chaitanya (Knoxville, TN)
13/ 915,182
June 11, 2013
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with government support under DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.