Special Issue "Advanced Membrane Materials for CO2 Capture and Separation"

A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375). This special issue belongs to the section "Membrane Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 December 2023 | Viewed by 2026

Special Issue Editors

Energy, Mining, and Environment Research Center, National Research Council, Ottawa, ON K1A 0R6, Canada
Interests: CO2 capture and storage; functional polymers; polymer composite; green polymer; gas separation membrane
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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY 14260, USA
Interests: novel membrane materials for CO2 capture from flue gas and syngas; antifouling membranes for water purification; understanding of polymer structure/property correlations in thin films
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to submit your research work or review article to this Special Issue of “Membrane Materials for CO2 Capture and Separation.” Climate change caused by anthropogenic CO2 emissions is a global challenge that we are all facing. The combustion of fossil fuels produces large amounts of CO2 in the flue gas that is released into the atmosphere. To mitigate the CO2 emissions, CO2 must be captured for utilization or sequestration. Membrane-based separation offers an effective approach for CO2 capture (carbon capture), due to its high energy efficiency, small footprint, and simplicity of operation and maintenance. However, advanced membrane material designs are needed to achieve superior CO2 separation performance and reduce the cost of carbon capture.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to publish recent advances in novel or emerging materials for membrane-based carbon capture. The topics of interests include, but are not limited to, novel membrane materials (polymers, metal–organic frameworks, 2D materials, and mixed matrix materials) for various capture schemes (such as post-combustion capture, pre-combustion capture, carbon capture from industrial sources, direct air capture, etc.), techno-economic analysis, preparation and characterization of thin-film composite membranes or hollow fiber membranes, etc.

We are looking forward to receiving your outstanding work for this Special Issue.

Dr. Naiying Du
Prof. Dr. Haiqing Lin
Guest Editors

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  • membranes
  • carbon capture
  • polymers
  • metal-organic frameworks
  • 2D materials
  • mixed matrix materials
  • techno-economic analysis

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Biocatalytic Membranes for Carbon Capture and Utilization
Membranes 2023, 13(4), 367; https://doi.org/10.3390/membranes13040367 - 23 Mar 2023
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Innovative carbon capture technologies that capture CO2 from large point sources and directly from air are urgently needed to combat the climate crisis. Likewise, corresponding technologies are needed to convert this captured CO2 into valuable chemical feedstocks and products that replace [...] Read more.
Innovative carbon capture technologies that capture CO2 from large point sources and directly from air are urgently needed to combat the climate crisis. Likewise, corresponding technologies are needed to convert this captured CO2 into valuable chemical feedstocks and products that replace current fossil-based materials to close the loop in creating viable pathways for a renewable economy. Biocatalytic membranes that combine high reaction rates and enzyme selectivity with modularity, scalability, and membrane compactness show promise for both CO2 capture and utilization. This review presents a systematic examination of technologies under development for CO2 capture and utilization that employ both enzymes and membranes. CO2 capture membranes are categorized by their mode of action as CO2 separation membranes, including mixed matrix membranes (MMM) and liquid membranes (LM), or as CO2 gas–liquid membrane contactors (GLMC). Because they selectively catalyze molecular reactions involving CO2, the two main classes of enzymes used for enhancing membrane function are carbonic anhydrase (CA) and formate dehydrogenase (FDH). Small organic molecules designed to mimic CA enzyme active sites are also being developed. CO2 conversion membranes are described according to membrane functionality, the location of enzymes relative to the membrane, which includes different immobilization strategies, and regeneration methods for cofactors. Parameters crucial for the performance of these hybrid systems are discussed with tabulated examples. Progress and challenges are discussed, and perspectives on future research directions are provided. Full article
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