Bridging the gap: Gas adsorption – from the R&D lab to industry
In an article published in the February 2017 issue of the IChemE’s magazine, The Chemical Engineer, Dr Darren Broom looks at the gap that exists between the initial characterization typically performed when new nanoporous materials are reported in the open literature and the characterization required to assess the potential of a new material for industrial gas separation applications. The article also advocates greater collaboration between synthetic chemists and chemical engineers.
New materials are often initially characterized using straightforward N2 BET (Brunauer-Emmett-Teller) analysis to determine surface area but the information required to assess materials for gas separation applications is far more complex. Methods exist but they have limitations, which are discussed in more detail in the article. Measuring breakthrough curves provides a partial solution and automated instruments, such as the Hiden Isochema ABR Series, are commercially available; however, many challenges still remain.
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