Gas Separation Using Furanic-Based Polymer Membranes – Project H2 2020
- More must be understood about the furanic-based polymer material in order to identify the optimal formulation(s) for gas separation
- Understanding how the furanic-based polymer material behaves in the manufacture of hollow fibers
- Achieving a high gas throughput and selectivity at a cost that is competitive with current technologies
The hydrogen recovery market is an estimated $150 million in 2020 and the furanic-based polymer has a strong potential for application within said market. This technology could have a significant impact in the areas of H2 recovery from ammonia manufacturing, refinery H2 for hydrotreating and hydrocracking, and H2/CO synthesis gas adjustment.
The cross diciplinary project team will be lead by PI Mark Shiflett. KU will contribute various subject matter experts in computational chemistry and polymer materials characterization as well as their sophisticated lab testing equipment in conjunction with industry partners. DuPont will donate the furanic-based polymer membranes and materials for testing. Hills, Inc. will lead the production of polymeric hollow fiber production and design of spinning equipment. Air Products will offer industrial expertise, donate membrane modules for testing, monitor the project results and lead scale-up upon the end of the project if it proves successful.