Post-Combustion Carbon Capture Using MOFs: Materials and Process Development

Lead Research Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Department Name: Sch of Engineering


The proposal aims to develop an international collaborative research programme under Topic 4 of the FENCO-NET call: New innovative CO2
capture technologies.
The specific issues addressed in the proposal are:
1. Overall evaluation of new innovative CO2 capture processes based on Metal Organic Framework (MOF) materials;
2. To synthesise (scale-up to kg quantities), characterise,, formulate and evaluate selected MOFs for vacuum swing (VSA) post-combustion capture;
3. To investigate and address adsorbent stability and efficiency in post-combustion carbon capture processes;
4. To investigate and model mass and heat transfer kinetics to enable accurate dynamic process simulations needed for the optimization of the
carbon capture units with respect to energy efficiency and operational and capital costs.
The FENCO-NET call gives the unique opportunity of coordinating the significant research efforts in the partner institutions. SINTEF has the
capability of preparing advanced MOFs which can also be scaled-up to produce formed materials for bench scale process testing. The UoE has
developed new rapid screening techniques, specifically for post-combustion carbon capture and the close collaboration with SINTEF will accelerate
further developments and provide essential stability data to direct novel material synthesis. Significant advances in this field can only be achieved if
material and process development are combined. CERTH brings significant expertise in Vacuum Swing Adsorption (VSA) modelling, simulation, design
and optimization and both the UoE and SINTEF have the capability of evaluating the integration of the novel carbon capture systems in power plants.

Planned Impact

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Krishnamurthy S (2019) Adsorption and diffusion of CO2 in CPO-27-Ni beads in Adsorption

Description State-of-the-art metal organic framework materials where prepared at kg scale by our partners at SINTEF (Norway) and formed into beads for testing in rapid cycle vacuum swing adsorption systems for carbon capture applications.
These formed materials were fully characterised at the University of Edinburgh and the resulting information used to predict the improved performance of carbon capture units in collaboration with our partners at CERTH (Greece).
Exploitation Route The results from this collaboration have formed the basis for a wider European collaboration that has resulted in a Horizon 2020 proposal led by the University of Edinburgh.
Sectors Energy,Environment