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2010 Second Place

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Undergraduate Student


Chemical Engineering


Synder, Mark; Caram, Hugo

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The proposed work aims to develop novel membrane technology for efficient, high selective high-temperature carbon dioxide and simultaneous carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide capture. Realization of high-performance membranes for such applications is widely recognized as a potentially revolutionary technology for continuous carbon capture. The research focuses on two materials: sodium oxide promoted alumina and silicalite-1. The main objectives involve synthesizing and characterizing the materials. Membranes will then be modeled, synthesized, and characterized. Success of this program should lead to novel practical and fundamental insight and, potentially, the establishment of a new paradigm for membrane based carbon sequestration.

Author Notes

Michael DiRosato is a chemical engineering senior at Lehigh University, originally from Norristown, PA. Michael has previously interned twice with ExxonMobil and has worked on several research projects within the Chemical Engineering department. Upon graduation, Michael will begin working full time for ExxonMobil in the Baton Rouge, LA complex. Michael also enjoys running, golfing, and playing soccer.

Characterization of Adsorption Processes in High-Temperature CO2 Sorbents