Reminder: EMS webinar: Advanced membranes and membrane processes for carbon capture, by Prof. Maria-Chiara Ferrari, Wednesday, October 12th, 2022, 4:00 PM Central European Time

Title: Advanced membranes and membrane processes for carbon capture

Prof Maria-Chiara Ferrari, Professor of Membrane Separations, School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh, UK

Date and time: Wednesday, October 12th, 2022, 4:00 PM Central European Time
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Membrane separation processes are among the most promising technologies for carbon capture applications. The competitiveness of polymer membranes with the currently state-o-the-art solvent-based processes have been shown in several studies. Most of the separation configuration presented in literature are analysed considering membrane properties measured under ideal conditions. This leads to unrealistic prediction in terms of separation efficiency, energy requirements and cost. For example, in the case of post combustion applications, flue gas contains water vapour and impurities that can affect dramatically the transport properties of the membrane and must be taken in account in order to carry out a reliable design of the separation scheme. In the case of pre-combustion applications, the operating conditions (high pressure and temperature) are significantly different from the usual lab testing environment and have to be considered in order to evaluate the applicability in real process configuration.
In this seminar, I will look at the application of innovative materials (i.e: Polymers of intrinsic microporosity, mixed matrix membranes, facilitated transport membranes) in different carbon capture scenarios. The effect of real streams conditions, stability issues and membranes characteristics on the separation performances will be taken into consideration in order to design and optimise more realistic capture processes. Case studies will be presented looking at emissions from energy or industrial plants.



Maria-Chiara Ferrari is Professor of Membrane Separations in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. She graduated with a PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from the University of Bologna in 2009. During her PhD she spent 13 months at the University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of Prof. Benny Freeman. She moved to the University of Edinburgh in 2010, where she became a lecturer in Carbon Capture in 2011 and Professor in 2020.
Prof. Ferrari leads the research on membranes for carbon capture and energy applications in the School of Engineering, looking at developing polymeric and hybrid membrane materials and processes to tackle environmental challenges with both experimental and modelling tools. Prof Ferrari is one of the 10 Directors of the SCCS (Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage centre), the largest group of academic working on CCUS in the UK.