Materials development for CO2 capture from air
Mentor: Amaya Arencibia Villagrá
Phone: (+34) 91488 7085
University: Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Partner Host Institution: CEPSA
Keywords: CO2 capture; Direct air capture; DAC; CO2 Adsorbents

Materials development for CO2 capture from air

Global awareness regarding established climate change and specifically with the high amount of CO2 emissions released to the atmosphere, has promoted increasing efforts to reduce the environmental impact and consequences. Direct capture of CO2 from the atmosphere (DAC- direct air capture) can be an important contribution to mitigate the climate change since this technology could address CO2 emissions from dispersed sources, which are responsible of half of annual emissions of CO2. This research line is focused on the study of CO2 capture from air with the main objective of developing adsorbent materials with high capacity and selectivity, and with potential textural and mechanical properties to develop effective DAC technology.
This research group has long experience in the study and development of materials for CO2 capture since 2006. The group has worked under several projects in collaboration with companies such as Endesa Generación, S.A. and Instalaciones Inabensa, SA. Research activity has led to the publication of up to 20 scientific articles directly related to the topic, the granting of a patent, and the award of several prizes to the doctoral theses resulting from the research (granted by the Institution of Chemical Engineers, IChemE, the European Federation of Chemical Engineering, EFCE, and the Spanish CO2 Platform, PTECO2).

Departament: Energy and Chemical Technology, Environmental and Chemical Technology, Mechanical Technology, Analytical Chemistry
Research Group: Chemical and Environmental Engineering Group
More Information:
Relevants projects on the area: "Development of new porous materials for CO2 capture and storage” in the CENIT CO2 Programme, financed by ENDESA S.A. Main researchers: Raúl Sanz Martín and Guillermo Calleja Pardo. Budget: 155,000 €. Duration: October 2006 – December 2009.
Relevants publications on the area: 1.- Eloy S. Sanz-Pérez, Christopher R. Murdock, Stephanie A. Didas, and Christopher W. Jones. Direct Capture of CO2 from Ambient Air. Chemical Reviews 2016 116 (19), 11840-11876
2.- R. Sanz, G. Calleja, A. Arencibia, E.S. Sanz-Pérez. Development of high efficiency adsorbents for CO2 capture based on a double-functionalization method of grafting and impregnation. J. Mater. Chem. A 1 (2013) 1956-1962. Impact Factor (JCR-2014): 7.443.