NanoMaterials Enhanced Membranes for Carbon Capture



Membrane separation processes can be applied to many capture processes from Pre-Combustion ( CO2-H2 / CO2-CH4 separation) to Post-Combustion (CO2-N2) and Oxyfuel (O2-N2) and are generally endowed with high flexibility and potentially low operative costs with respect to other capture methods. However the current materials are still lacking of separation performance and durability suitable for an efficient and economically feasible exploitation of such technology. The Project NANOCATC aims in overcoming the current limitation focusing on the development of innovative CO2 selective membranes with high flux and selectivity suitable for application to both Pre and Post-combustion Capture processes. To that aim nanocomposite or mixed matrix membranes will be considered with particular focus on facilitated transport mechanisms promoted by carrier attached to the polymer or the filler. Graphene based nanosheets and cellulose nanofibres will be studied in detail considering their possible modification to improve polymer compatibility and affinity with CO2. A new generation of Facilitated Transport Mixed Matrix ( FTMM) membranes for CCS applications will be developed with increased CO2 flux and selectivity beyond the current target for industrial deployment of carbon capture membrane technologies

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Marco Giacinti Baschetti

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Chimica, Ambientale e dei Materiali

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna(Italy)

Other Participants:
Fujifilm Manufacturing Europe Bv (Netherlands)
Ciaotech Srl (Italy)
GNext S.A.S. DI SIMONE LIGI & C. (Italy)
Colacem Spa (Italy)
Bp International Limited (United Kingdom)
The University Of Sheffield Usfd (United Kingdom)
Inofib Sas (France)
University Of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Supren Gmbh (Germany)
Norges Teknisk Naturvitenskapelige Universitet Ntnu (Norway)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 4.990.815,25
Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date: 01/10/2016
End Date: 30/09/2019

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Industry, innovation and infrastructure This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727734