Laboratory Learning Program 2022 - Metal-organic frameworks for CO2 capture and conversion (CBE-04)

Research Opportunity Number: CBE-04

Project Title:  Metal-organic frameworks for CO2 capture and conversion

Project Summary: Anthropogenic CO2 emissions are increasing and a primary cause of global climate changes. Recently, solid adsorbents have presented as attractive alternatives for CO2 capture compared to conventional liquid-phase amines utilized in industrial absorption units. Metal-organic frameworks (MOF) are a class of porous materials that is formed by nodes of metal ions or metal oxide clusters linked by organic ligands, resulting in a diverse and large set of pore networks. This modularity results in a large set of diverse pore networks useful in various applications, including wastewater treatment, gas capture and separations, energy storage, sensing, and catalysis. In this project, we aim to use MOFs platform to elucidate the ramifications of molecular-scale features on CO2 uptake and conversion, energy efficiency, and material stability. This project will combine material synthesis and kinetic experiments of MOFs as adsorbents for CO2 capture and catalysts for the reduction of that CO2 to valuable chemical building blocks.

Student Roles and Responsibilities: Assist in synthesis to determine effects of parameters on material stability.

Additional Considerations:  Start and end dates are flexible, but the student should be available for blocks of 4+ hours per session.

Department/Institute:  Chemical and Biological Engineering

Faculty Sponsor:   Michele Sarazen

Participation Dates: June 20 - July 29, 2022

Stipend Offered:  $0

Number of Internships Available: 0-2

Application Deadline: March 15, 2022, midnight eastern daylight time