Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellow



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David Danaci is a research fellow at The Department of Chemical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College London.

His experience includes adsorption processes, process modelling and optimisation, techno-economic analysis, life-cycle analysis, physical chemistry, and porous materials synthesis and characterisation.

David's research interests include industrial decarbonisation, direct-air CO2 capture, gas separations, hydrogen production and sustainable fuels.

Work history

David is currently an Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellow, working on superstructure optimisation of sustainable aviation fuels production, with key consideration of enviro-techno-economic analysis.

Previously, David has:

  • Worked on an EPSRC project, Multiphysics and multiscale modelling for safe and feasible CO2 capture and storage. His work involved the synthesis and characterisation of mid-temperature sorbents and catalysts for sorption-enhanced water-gas shift (SEWGS) reactions.
  • Worked on a UKCCSRC project looking at metal-organic frameworks for post-combustion and CO2 capture. This work involved both adsorbent synthesis and characterisation, and adsorption process modelling.
  • Completed his PhD at The University of Melbourne (2012 - 2018). He worked with the CO2CRC to evaluate adsorbents for high-pressure CO2/CH4 separations from natural gas. His work involved adsorbent synthesis, characterisation, evaluation, and adsorption process modelling.

Further information about David's publication history can be found on his Google Scholar profile.


David is involved with the International Adsorption Society, contributing both to the Education Committee and the Carbon Neutral FOA working group. The Education Committee aims to increase the accessibility of adsorption, and adsorption processes. The Carbon Neutral FOA working group is looking at solutions to reduce the CO2 emissions of the Society's conference (FOA).

David was awarded the Moulton Medal (Junior award) in 2021 for the most meritorious paper published by the IChemE, by an author who has graduated within the last 10 years. For “Exploring the limits of adsorption-based CO2 capture using MOFs with PVSA – from molecular design to process economics” published in Molecular Systems Design and Engineering.

He was also awarded the President’s Award for Excellence in 2021 in the most outstanding assistant supervisor category. This award recognises the contribution made by postdocs towards the supervision of the College’s PhD students.


Below are some resources which may be useful to others. These resources have not been peer-reviewed.

  • International Adsorption Society webinars. Link.
  • A perspective piece on supply chains for CCS. Link.
  • A series of maps showing the size and distribution of CO2 emission sources in the UK. Link.
  • Book chapter on CO2 capture by adsorption (not open access). Link.



Gorbounov M, Diaz-Vasseur E, Danaci D, et al., 2024, Chemical activation of porous carbon extracted from biomass combustion bottom ash for CO2 adsorption, Carbon Capture Science & Technology, Vol:10, ISSN:2772-6568

Azzan H, Danaci D, Petit C, et al., 2023, Unary adsorption equilibria of hydrogen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide on y-type zeolites at temperatures from 298 to 393 k and at pressures up to 3 MPA, Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, Vol:68, ISSN:0021-9568, Pages:3512-3524

Low M-YA, Danaci D, Azzan H, et al., 2023, Measurement of physicochemical properties and CO2, N2, Ar, O2, and H2O unary adsorption isotherms of Purolite A110 and Lewatit VP OC 1065 for application in direct air capture, Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, Vol:68, ISSN:0021-9568, Pages:3499-3511

Danaci D, Pulidori E, Bernazzani L, et al., 2023, Evaluating the CO2 capture performance of a “phase-change” metal-organic framework in a pressure-vacuum swing adsorption process, Molecular Systems Design & Engineering, Vol:8, ISSN:2058-9689, Pages:1526-1539

Saenz Cavazos P, Hunter-Sellars E, Iacomi P, et al., 2023, Evaluating solid sorbents for CO2 capture: linking material properties and process efficiency via adsorption performance, Frontiers in Energy Research, Vol:11, ISSN:2296-598X, Pages:1-22

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