Associate Professor Haiqing Lin was awarded a grant from U.S. DOE (NETL) to lead a $3.8 million project on carbon capture

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Haiqing Lin, Associate Professor

Published March 18, 2019 This content is archived.

Rational Development of Novel Metal-Organic Polyhedra-Based Membranes for CO2 Capture.

Dr. Haiqing Lin will lead a $3.8 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) project on CO2 capture. The goal of this project is to develop transformative solubility-selective mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) containing metal organic polyhedras (MOPs) and rubbery polar polymers, achieving high CO2 permeance, high CO2/N2 selectivity and high CO2/O2 selectivity at temperatures up to 60°C. These membranes will be fabricated into industrial modules, which will be tested using real flue gas at the National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC). If successfully developed, such membranes would outperform current leading membranes by 50 – 100%, which may enable membrane processes to meet the DOE target of < $30/ton CO2 captured from coal-derived flue gas. This project is also partially supported by Empire State Development's Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation (NYSTAR) programs of the State of New York ($599,997 as a cost-share). 

Collaborative team

  • Prof. Timothy Cook of Chemistry Department at UB;
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI);
  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech);
  • Membrane Technology and Research, Inc. (MTR);
  • Trimeric Corporation (Trimeric); and 
  • National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC). 

Students on this Project

  • Leiqing Hu, PhD, UB Chemical and Biological Engineering; 
  • Cressa Fulong, UB Chemistry PhD candidate; 
  • Gengyi Zhang, UB Chemical and Biological Engineering Master's student; 
  • Liang Huang, PhD, UB Chemical and Biological Engineering; 
  • Hien Nguyen, UB Chemical and Biological Engineering PhD candidate.