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EPSRC Reference: EP/R000468/1
Title: High Permeance Membranes for Rapid-Response Retro-fit Carbon Capture
Principal Investigator: McKeown, Professor N
Other Investigators:
Ferrari, Dr M
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Membrane Technology & Research MTR
Department: Sch of Chemistry
Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 August 2017 Ends: 31 July 2019 Value (£): 202,084
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Carbon Capture & Storage
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
16 Feb 2017 Energy Feasibility 2017 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Reducing CO2 emissions to reduce global climate change is one of the greatest technological challenges facing humanity. The objective of this research project is to investigate the feasibility of using highly CO2 permeable membranes for carbon capture in order to help achieve the aspirations of the Paris Agreement or, in the event of accelerating climate change, for use in the emergency retrofit of coal-fired power stations. The project will involve the following objectives.

(a) The preparation of novel ultrapermeable Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity (PIMs), designed to demonstrate enhanced selectivity for CO2.

(b) The measurements of their gas permeability.

(c) The evaluation of their potential as the selective layer of membranes for carbon capture and, in particular, the retrofit of coal-fired power stations.

Projected energy use and cost will be modelled based upon the measured performance of the PIM membranes. The combined complementary expertise of the investigators and named PDRA in polymer synthesis, membrane science and chemical engineering will ensure rapid progress towards achieving the project objectives.
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