Approaches to porous materials development to address separation challenges
ChE-605 - Highlights in Energy Research seminar series
Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
Access to clean water along with sustainable energy and the protection of the environment are probably the greatest challenges of our society but also a unique opportunity to reshape our technology landscape. Major molecular separation issues underpin these areas. Take for instance CO2 capture: here, one wishes to separate CO2 from other flue gas (or ambient air) components. Notably, existing separation processes account for 10 to 15% of the world energy consumption. Researchers must propose transformative approaches to molecular separations possibly exploiting the increasing complexity and sophistication of materials available to perform such separations.
This seminar will provide an overview of our research – past and current – in that direction. I will discuss selected examples of our work on the design, synthesis, characterisation and testing of porous materials (i.e. sorbents) to address separation challenges related to environmental, water and energy sustainability. I will focus specifically on our study of metal-organic frameworks and porous boron nitride for applications in carbon management and solar energy conversion. I will describe how our approach to material design, which combines aspects of chemistry, materials science and chemical engineering, enables us to identify key materials structure-property relationships while also accelerating the identification of the ‘best’ material for a given application.
- Department of Chemical Engineering, Barrer Centre, Imperial College London
Art der Veranstaltung: Vortrag/Konferenz