National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) researchers have developed a method to custom-formulate low-cost membranes to more effectively separate carbon dioxide from nitrogen in a high volume of flue gas.
This ability to achieve both high selectivity and high permeability during post-combustion carbon capture operations is one of the most difficult problems facing membrane researchers today.
The NETL group solved the challenge by chemically binding multiple membrane components with different critical properties into one high-performance material that can be easily scaled up to reduce the costs of large-scale carbon capture operations.
The groundbreaking work builds upon the Lab’s expertise developing mixed matrix membranes (MMMs), which combine sturdy polymers with inorganic crystalline particles that enhance selectivity and permeability.
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