Trondheim, Norway


Membrane Lab

Membrane Lab at NTNU (MEMB-FAB and MEMB-PERM)


This infrastructure provides facilities and methods to fabricate and test polymer-based membranes in lab scale and small pilot scale. These facilities including the spinning of hollow fiber membranes, carbonization to prepare carbon membranes, coating of thin composite membranes on flat sheet or hollow fiber supports, and including single gas, mixed gas, gas separation in humidified conditions and at high pressures, with either flat sheet or hollow fiber membrane modules. Some of the facilities are presented with pictures in Figure 1

State of the Art, uniqueness & specific advantages

In the Membrane Lab at NTNU infrastructure, the well-equipped facilities support broad techniques for the fabrication of polymer-based membranes, providing researchers the opportunity for ‘one-stop’ works in developing novel membranes of various materials or unique morphology that enhance the CO2 separation performance. Regarding the testing of the performance of the produced membranes, the available infrastructure, the facilities provided are advance and updated, equipped with automatic controlling and indication system as well as devices for auto-sampling and auto data-recording, providing researchers the opportunity to test membrane gas permeation performances in different conditions. Hence, obtaining reliable and high quality data. The facilities are updated and easy to operate, which enables users to conduct high quality research.

Scientific Environment

  • SEM (Scanning electron microscopy)

  • FTIR (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy)

  • DSC (differential scanning calorimetry)

  • DMA (dynamic mechanic analyser)

  • TGA (Thermal gravimetrical analyser)

  • Gravimetric sorption equipment (“Rubotherm”)

Operating by


Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet)
CAPTURE technologies:
Research Fields:
Material science, Modelling, Physical processes, Engineering
Facility's fact sheet

Location & Contacts

Trondheim, Norway
Liyuan Deng
RICC Contacts - Secondary contact
Morten Grønli

Facility Availability

Unit of access (UA)
Availability per year (in UA)
Minimum 8 (weeks)
Duration of a typical access (average) and number of external users expected for that access
4 weeks (1-2 users)

Quality Control / Quality Assurance (QA)

Activities / tests / data are
State of Quality: We are complying to local HSE routines
Institution QA Webpages

Operational or other constraints

Specific risks:
Restrictions on the use of dry nanoparticles
Legal issues

CCUS Projects

EU-Funded CCUS Projects
Other CCUS Projects
Research Council of Norway
Mimic enzyme membrane
Research Council of Norway
Research Council of Norway
Research council of Norway
Research Council of Norway
Research Council of Norway
Research Council of Norway
a CLIMIT project supported by the Research Council of Norway
Fat H2


Gas separation membrane
CO2 capture membrane

Selected Publications

Applied Materials Today. vol. 21 (2020)
Three-phase Hybrid Facilitated Transport Hollow Fiber Membranes for Enhanced CO2 Separation.
S Janakiram, J L Marin Espejo, K K Høisæter, A Lindbråthen, L Ansaloni, L Deng,
Green Chemistry , DOI:10.1039/d0gc00544d (2020)
Humidity-responsive Molecular Gate-opening Mechanism for Gas Separation in Ultraselective Nanocellulose/IL Hybrid Membranes
S Janakiram, L Ansaloni, SA Jin, X Yu, Z Dai, RJ Spontak, L Deng
ACS applied materials & interfaces 11 (36), 33302-33313 (2019)
Manipulation of Fibril Surfaces in Nanocellulose-Based Facilitated Transport Membranes for Enhanced CO2 Capture
S Janakiram, X Yu, L Ansaloni, Z Dai, L Deng
Journal of Membrane Science 588, 117193 (2020)
Incorporation of an ionic liquid into a midblock-sulfonated multiblock polymer for CO2 capture
Z Dai, L Ansaloni, JJ Ryan, RJ Spontak, L Deng
NPG Asia Materials 11 (1), 1-7 (2019)
Highly CO2-permeable membranes derived from a midblock-sulfonated multiblock polymer after submersion in water
Z Dai, J Deng, H Aboukeila, J Yan, L Ansaloni, KP Mineart, MG Baschetti, L. Deng
Journal of Membrane Science 578, 61-68 (2019)
Thin-film-composite hollow fiber membranes containing amino acid salts as mobile carriers for CO2 separation
Z Dai, J Deng, L Ansaloni, S Janakiram, L Deng
Fibers 7 (5), 40 (2019)
A Brief Review of Nanocellulose Based Hybrid Membranes for CO2 Separation
Z Dai, V Ottesen, J Deng, RML Helberg, L Deng
ACS applied materials & interfaces 11 (11), 10874-10882 (2019)
Fabrication and Evaluation of Bio-Based Nanocomposite TFC Hollow Fiber Membranes for Enhanced CO2 Capture
Z Dai, J Deng, Q Yu, RML Helberg, S Janakiram, L Ansaloni, L Deng
Journal of Membrane Science 570, 455-463 (2019)
Facile and solvent-free fabrication of PEG-based membranes with interpenetrating networks for CO2 separation
J Deng, Z Dai, J Yan, M Sandru, E Sandru, RJ Spontak, L Deng
Energy Procedia. vol. 114 (2017)
Pilot Demonstration-reporting on CO2 Capture from a Cement Plant Using Hollow Fiber Process
M-B Hagg, A Lindbråthen, X He, S -G Nodeland, T Cantero
International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. vol. 64 (2017)
Pilot testing on fixed-site-carrier membranes for CO2 capture from flue gas.
X He, A Lindbråthen, T-J Kim, M-B Hagg
Science 376 (6588), 90-94 (2022)
An integrated materials approach to ultrapermeable and ultraselective CO2 polymer membranes
M Sandru, EM Sandru, WF Ingram, J Deng, PM Stenstad, L Deng
International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 119, 103698 (2022)
Two-stage membrane cascades for post-combustion CO2 capture using facilitated transport membranes: Importance on sequence of membrane types
S Janakiram, A Lindbråthen, L Ansaloni, T Peters, L Deng
Chemical Engineering Journal 413, 127405 (2021)
Field trial of hollow fiber modules of hybrid facilitated transport membranes for flue gas CO2 capture in cement industry
S Janakiram, F Santinelli, R Costi, A Lindbråthen, GM Nardelli
Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 61 (25), 9067-9076 (2022)
Nanocellulose Crystal-Enhanced Hybrid Membrane for CO2 Capture
Z Dai, J Deng, Y Ma, H Guo, J Wei, B Wang, X Jiang, L Deng (