Xueyi Zhang and Manish Kumar

Artificial Water Channel membranes for gas separations

Gas separations are increasingly important for many industrial processes and for mitigating climate change. Most gas separation techniques are based on cryogenic distillation which is very energy intensive and massive in scale. Membranes provide a compact and energy intensive technique to separate gases such as methane from CO2, benzene-toluene-xylene (BTX) separations and other hydrocarbon separations (for e.g ethane/ethylene or butane/butane).  The Kumar and Zhang groups have developed a bioinspired channel based membrane based on the architecture of biological water channels (also implicated in gas transport)  that shows very promising preliminary results. The synthesis techniques being developed are also quite stable.  We expect this work to lead to a publication in the fall and this summer will be a time of intense experimentation and iteration.  This would be an ideal time for an REU student to join our team and assist us in bringing this important work to fruition. The REU student will work in a team with undergraduates and graduate students from the Kumar and Zhang groups. More information on the two research groups can be found on their respective websites:

www.kumarresearchgroup.com and http://sites.psu.edu/dreamteam/

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Manish Kumar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
REU Program Coordinator

Esther Gomez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
REU Program Coordinator

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