Porous materials

My work relates adsorbent properties to techno-economic process performance. Having the link between material properties and process cost expedites the design of new fit-for-purpose adsorbents. It can be used to guide or change the focus of future adsorbent development for post-combustion capture applications."

Dr David Danaci

Research Associate, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London

The number of potential solid materials one can possibly make is huge. A purely experimental approach is therefore not an efficient way to research a material for a given application.  To accelerate materials development, IMSE Affiliate Dr Camille Petit is collaborating with a group of researchers who are seeking to use a molecular engineering approach to quickly identify the best porous materials for a given molecular separation application. Examples include CO2/N2 separation in the context of carbon capture. The group combines molecular simulation, materials synthesis/testing and process system modelling to achieve this. This approach avoids the typical slow trial-and-error approach to adsorbents development (i.e. design, synthesis, testing, manufacturing and back). Instead, it accelerates tremendously innovation and scale-up of materials.

The group consists of researchers from across Imperial and external companies and institutions such as BP, EPSRC, UKCCSRC and the unvisersitues of Cambridge and Manchester. From an impact point of view, the results of their work are being used by industry to compare adsorption technologies to currently used separation technologies and identify possible opportunities for transition. From an academic point of view, their recent results have been reported as part of the MSDE Emerging Investigators 20 issue.