Anahid Sabetghadam Esfahani


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Energy efficient MOF-based Mixed Matrix Membranes for CO2 Capture (M4CO2)

The key objective of this project is to develop Mixed Matrix Membranes based on highly engineered Metal organic frameworks and polymers (M4) that outperform current technology for CO2 Capture (CO2) in post-combustion, meeting the energy and cost reduction targets of the European SET plan.

By applying the innovative concept of M4 by a consortium of world key players, continuous separation processes of unsurpassed energy efficiency will be realized as a gas-liquid phase change is absent, reducing the energy penalty and resulting in smaller CO2 footprints. Further, gas separation membrane units are safer, environmentally friendly and, in general, have smaller physical footprints than other types of plants like amine stripping. In this way this project aims at a quantum leap in energy reduction for CO2 separation with associated cost efficiency and environmental impact reduction.



Figure. The M4CO2 focuses on design of components at all relevant scales: from polymer-MOF molecular interaction (nanoscale) to highly engineered micro-meso-macro structures with enhanced transport properties.

By developing optimized M4s, we will combine: i) easy manufacturing, ii) high fluxes per unit volume and iii) high selectivity through advanced material tailoring. The main objectives are:

  • Optimization of the MOF-polymer interaction
  • Selective transport through the composite
  • Rational design to obtain the best chemical compatibility, filler morphology and dispersion


This research receives funding from the European Research Council under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-ENERGY-2013-1) under grant agreement n° 608490, project M4CO2.


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