UK-based nanoparticle technology manufacturer Promethean Particles is developing metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to enable highly efficient and cost-effective carbon capture.

The company’s ongoing research is part of a larger initiative to reduce the CO2 emissions by using post-combustion CO2 adsorption processes through MOFs or carbon nanotubes.

Called the CARMOF Project, Promethean Particles is one of fifteen contributors from nine countries across the globe to take part in the programme that seeks to develop CCS technologies to make the process more efficient and cost effective.

Dr Selina Ambrose, Technical Manager at Promethean Particles, said, “The CARMOF Project is an incredibly exciting programme, which brings together thought-leaders and scientists to address the challenges posed by climate change.”

“Last December, we hosted a meeting with project members at our Nottingham production site to discuss our efficient large-scale process of manufacturing MOFs for gas capture.”

“Currently, power plants that capture CO2 use an old process where flue gases are passed through organic amines in water, binding the CO2 to the amines.”

“Unfortunately, this inefficient process consumes around 30% of the power that it generates. By working with members on the CARMOF Project, we hope to design MOFs that can then be 3D printed and converted into membranes for use in larger adsorbing units.”

The work undertaken by the project partners will aid the European Union’s 2050 Greenhouse Gas emission reduction target.