Sorption Enhanced Mixed Matrix Membranes for H2 Purification and CO2 Capture

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The goal of this project is to develop sorption enhanced mixed matrix membranes with H₂ permeance of 500 gas permeance units (gpu) and H₂/CO₂ selectivity of 30 at 150-200 °C. 


These membranes will be the central component in the design of membrane‑based systems for 90% capture of CO₂ from coal-derived syngas, with 95% CO₂ purity at a cost of electricity 30% less than baseline capture approaches. In this project, Pd nanoparticles are synthesized and dispersed in the polymer matrix to provide high H₂ solubility and permeability. This project is funded by the Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Resulting Publications

  • Wu, G., Current Challenge and Perspective of PGM-Free Cathode Catalysts for PEM Fuel Cells. Frontiers in Energy 2017, doi:10.1007/s11708-017-0477-3.
  • Zhang, H.; Osgood, H.; Xie, X.; Shao, Y.; Wu, G., Engineering Nanostructures of PGM-Free Oxygen-Reduction Catalysts Using Metal-Organic Frameworks. Nano Energy, 31, 331-350, 2017.
  • Wang, X.; Zhang, H.; Lin, H.; Gupta, S.; Wang, C.; Tao, Z.; Fu, H.; Wang, T.; Zheng, J.; Wu, G.; Li, X. Directly converting Fe-doped metal–organic frameworks into highly active and stable Fe-N-C catalysts for oxygen reduction in acid. Nano Energy 2016, 25, 110-119.
  • Gao, W.; Havas, D.; Gupta, S.; Pan, Q.; He, N.; Zhang, H.; Wang, H.-L.; Wu, G. Is reduced graphene oxide favorable for nonprecious metal oxygen-reduction catalysts? Carbon 102, 346-356, 2016.
  • Liu, K.; Wu, G.; Wang, G., Role of Local Carbon Structure Surrounding FeN4 Sites in Boosting Catalytic Activity for Oxygen Reduction. J. Phys. Chem. C 2017, 121 (21), 11319–11324.
  • Tyminska, N.; Wu, G.; Dupuis, M., Water Oxidation on Oxygen-Deficient Barium Titanate: A First Principles Study. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2017, 121 (15), 8378–8389.

Students on this Project

  • Hanguang Zhang (PhD)
  • Zhi Qiao (PhD)
  • Yanghua He (PhD)
  • Shuo Ding (MS)
  • Qing Lan (MS)
  • Jingyun Wang (undergraduate)
  • Jing Xue (undergraduate)
  • Vyomika Sangwan (undergraduate)