Industrial-Scale Manufacture of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) as Solid Sorbents for Energy-Efficient Carbon Capture

Time & Location

Wednesday: 16.00 to 16.20, Stage 3


Dr. Selina AmbroseTechnical Manager - Promethean Particles

About this presentation

Liquid amines are the predominant incumbent technology for the absorption of CO2 from the flue gas of power plants. Whilst initial costs may be low, they pose environmental challenges and the energy burden of regenerating the CO2-saturated amine is significant – as high as 30% of a power station’s total output. An emerging alternative is a class of novel materials called MOFs. Some have high CO2 uptake capacities and lower energy penalties. MOFs have so far been developed with little chance of commercial success and hampered by a perceived lack of scale and prohibitive economics. This is largely due to the batch processes used for synthesis, where increasing the size or number of production vessels will not yield the volumes and subsequent economics of manufacture required for industrial applications. A different process is required – continuous production. Promethean Particles is a world leader in continuous flow synthesis of nanomaterials, enabling MOFs to be a viable industrial scale carbon capture sorbent. The company uses its patented reactors to translate MOF chemistries from inefficient batch processes to continuous flow manufacturing, with the capacity and cost structure to help accelerate technology demonstrations through the provision of meaningful quantities of MOFs. By collaborating with system developers and end users, Promethean is advancing MOF development for the selective and regenerable adsorption of CO2, thus helping to tackle the global climate crisis.

Speaker Bio:

Selina holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from The University of Nottingham, where her degree focussed on the continuous-flow synthesis of nanomaterials. She has extensive experience in the development, manufacture, analysis and application of a range of nanomaterials, including metals, metal oxides and MOFs. Selina joined the technical team at Promethean Particles in 2012 and has since taken on the role of Technical Manager where she now oversees all technical work undertaken at the company. Promethean’s unique proprietary technology involves continuous-flow systems for the manufacture of advanced materials at a range of scales – from lab-scale for initial prototyping, through to industrial scale with production capacities ca. 1000 TPA. These reactor systems are used for a range of R&D activity, developing novel particles with tailored structure and functionality, then upscaling their production to meet commercial demand; Selina supervises this R&D activity.