Friday, November 12, 2010: 10:36 AM
250 A Room (Salt Palace Convention Center)
We present experimental results from the rapid screening and ranking of novel adsorbent materials from small sample quantities using the Zero Length Column (ZLC) method. The adsorbent materials are being developed as part of the “Innovative Gas Separations for Carbon Capture” (IGSCC) project, which is a UK-wide research consortium funded by the EPSRC with the aim of developing novel separations based on absorption, adsorption and membrane processes which are needed to reduce the energy consumption and cost of carbon capture. The research consortium is led by the University of Edinburgh (UoE) and involves the collaboration with the University of St. Andrews (StA), Cardiff University (CU), Imperial College London (ICL), the University of Manchester (UoM), and University College London (UCL). Thanks to this broad collaboration a wide range of materials are investigated. The UoM in collaboration with CU have invented a novel range of polymers, PIMs (Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity), which thanks to their structure behave like molecular sieves (for small molecules). Furthermore, several types of Carbons are being developed by the UoM, CU, and UCL; Mesoporous Silicas with different surface functional groups, Zeolites, and MOFs are synthesised by StA; and Oxides with surface functional groups are developed by UCL. We present the results for the initial phase of the project (first year) and discuss the use of the ZLC experiment for ranking adsorbents for carbon capture processes.