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Gas Adsorption and Storage

Predictions on climate change and the threat of global warming have stimulated scientific research into finding means of decreasing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere as well as looking for alternative fuels. Much attention has focused on capturing CO2 from carbon-based power stations where large quantities of CO2 are emitted in flue-gas streams. Economical, post-combustion CO2 capture and storage (CCS) from power-plant flue gas is one of the most important problems in carbon capture. While pre-combustion strategies are promising, they do not address the large installed base of power plants in the United Kingdom and other developed countries. Adsorption-based separations using membranes and pressure-swing adsorption on a porous material represent a viable and cost-effective alternative to current absorption amine-based technologies because of the milder operating conditions and lower energy demand involved. However, the use of adsorption process for CCS is dependent on identifying adsorbents with high selectivity and capacity.

We have access to different equipment for gas characterisation, including a Micromeritics TriStar II, 3Flex, HPVA and Cryostat. We have access to low pressure isotherms as well as 1-200 bar, while being able to work from 20K, using the cryostat, up to room temperature.

Selected Publications

A sol-gel monolithic metal–organic framework with enhanced methane uptake
Tian Tian, Zhixin Zeng, Diana Vulpe, Mirian E. Casco, Giorgio Divitini, Paul A. Midgley, Joaquin Silvestre-Albero, Jin-Chong Tan, Peyman Z. Moghadam, David Fairen-Jimenez, Nature Materials, 2018, vol 17, pp 174–179.

Computer-aided discovery of a metal–organic framework with superior oxygen uptake
Peyman Z. Moghadam, Timur Islamoglu, Subhadip Goswami, Jason Exley, Marcus Fantham, Clemens F. Kaminski, Randall Q. Snurr, Omar K. Farha, David Fairen-Jimenez, Nature Communications, 2018, volume 9, 1378.

Unusual Adsorption Behavior on Metal−Organic Frameworks
David Fairen-Jimenez, Nigel A. Seaton, Tina Düren, Langmuir, 2010, 26(18), pp 14694 - 14699.