Multi-Scale Design & Optimization of Next-Generation Carbon Capture Systems

Multi-Scale Design & Optimization of Next-Generation Carbon Capture Systems

The project, led by Profs. Joan Brennecke and Michael Baldea, will develop and apply multi-scale design and optimization techniques to materials-based carbon capture processes. Researchers are devising new ways to simultaneously optimize the separation material, and the design of the process needed to use it.

The project is focused on a methodology for use of ionic liquids for CO2 capture from post-combustion flue gas, during power plant combustion of natural gas. The project will produce a computational design, and conduct experimental testing of a (potentially) new ionic liquid, optimized for carbon capture.

Research Outputs

Kyeongjun Seo, Calvin Tsay, Bo Hong, Thomas F. Edgar, Mark A. Stadtherr, and Michael Baldea, “Rate-Based Process Optimization and Sensitivity Analysis for Ionic-Liquid-Based Post-Combustion Carbon Capture,” ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2020, 8(27).

Oscar Nordness, "Ion Dissociation in Ionic Liquid/Solvent Systems and Aqueous Inorganic Salts,” Materials Research Laboratory at UCSB: An NSF MRSEC, IRG 2: Polymeric Ionic Liquids, 9/2/20.

Kyeongjun Seo, Calvin Tsay, Bo Hong, Thomas F. Edgar, Mark A. Stadtherr and Michael Baldea, Economic Optimization and Sensitivity Analysis of Ionic Liquid-Based Carbon Capture Plants, Paper 732f, to be presented at (virtual) 2020 AIChE Annual Meeting

Project Team

Joan F. Brennecke, Professor, Cockrell Family Chair in Engineering, McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering

Michael Baldea, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Advisor, Frank A. Liddell, Jr. Fellowship in Chemical Engineering, McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering

Mark A. Stadtherr, Research Professor, Cockrell Family Dean’s Chair in Engineering Excellence, McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering

Ross Baldick, Professor Emeritus, Leland Barclay Fellow in Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Oscar Morales Collazo, McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering