Carbon Capture

300: Organic-inorganic hybrid material for separating CO²

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Removing CO2 from gas mixtures without chemically binding CO2.


Chemists at the Inorganic Chemistry I research group of the University of Bayreuth in northern Bavaria, Germany have developed a material that could well make an important contribution to climate protection and sustainable industrial production.

With this material, the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) can be specifically separated from industrial waste gases, natural gas, or biogas, and thereby made available for recycling. The separation process is both energy efficient and cost-effective. In the journal Cell Reports Physical Science the researchers present the structure and function of the material.

The chemical basis is clay minerals consisting of hundreds of individual glass platelets. These are only one nanometre thick each, and arranged precisely one above the other. Between the individual glass plates there are organic molecules that act as spacers. Their shape and chemical properties have been selected so that the pore spaces created are optimally tailored to accumulate CO2.

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