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Reference Number EP/K016946/1
Title Graphene-based membranes
Status Completed
Energy Categories FOSSIL FUELS: OIL, GAS and COAL(CO2 Capture and Storage, CO2 capture/separation) 5%;
HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Fuel Cells) 5%;
OTHER POWER and STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES(Energy storage) 5%;
NOT ENERGY RELATED 85%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 65%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 25%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 10%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr PM Budd
No email address given
Chemistry
University of Manchester
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 July 2013
End Date 30 June 2018
Duration 60 months
Total Grant Value £2,839,350
Industrial Sectors Energy; Aerospace; Defence and Marine
Region North West
Programme Manufacturing : Manufacturing
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr PM Budd , Chemistry, University of Manchester (99.989%)
  Other Investigator Dr FR Siperstein , Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr SLM Schroeder , Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr S Holmes , Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr P Carbone , Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr C Casiraghi , Chemistry, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr IA Kinloch , Materials, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr SJ Haigh , Materials, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr BD Grieve , Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr AP Jivkov , Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr A Vijayaraghavan , Computer Science, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Professor T Roberts , Engineering,Chemical and Petroleum, University of Calgary, Canada (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , C-Tech Innovation Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Crown Packaging Plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , DSTL - Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (0.000%)
Project Contact , ITM Power PLC (0.000%)
Project Contact , Syngenta (0.000%)
Project Contact , Akzo Nobel (0.000%)
Project Contact , ACAL Energy Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , IF Sensing Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Research Council (CNR), Italy (0.000%)
Project Contact , Pervatech B.V., The Netherlands (0.000%)
Project Contact , Biocleave Limited (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract Membranes containing functionalized or pristine graphene offer remarkable potential for selective uptake and transport of molecular or ionic species. For example, research at the University of Manchester (UoM) has shown that graphene oxide (GO) laminate membranes exhibit unimpeded water permeation while being impermeable to organic liquids, vapours and gases. Building on UoM expertise in graphene and novel membrane materials, a range of membranes will be developed for application in the areas of:(1) Molecular separations. Cost-effective and energy-efficient processes for separation of liquid (e.g. recovery of bioalcohols) or gaseous (e.g. CO2 capture from flue gas) mixtures.(2) Selective barriers. In defence, protection from toxic agents for personnel and installations. In food packaging, maintaining food quality.(3) Ionic conductors. Better and more economic membranes for fuel cells and other electrochemical applications.(4) Sensors. Sensitization layers in photonic sensors for disease detection (e.g., renal disease, diabetes) and biomimetic membranes in electronic sensors for detecting the action of agricultural pests. The research programme is driven by the engineering requirements for economic processing into membranes on a variety of substrates, including flat-sheet, tubular, hollow-fibre and monolith supports. Filtration, casting, dip-coating and spray-coating methods will be applied and scaled-up for deposition from aqueous or organic dispersions. Chemical vapour deposition will be used where necessary. Polymer/graphene mixed matrix membranes will also be prepared, utilising a range of high performance membrane polymers invented at UoM (polymers of intrinsic microporosity, PIMs). Membranes will be fully characterized using state-of-the-art techniques, including Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and high resolution transmission electron microscopy, and relationships will be established between structure at the nano-scale and performance under conditions of use. Computer simulation methods will be established to provide a fundamental insight into the formation, structure and performance of graphene-based membranes, and to guide membrane development for specific applications. Company partners will contribute to the management of the project and will assist in assessing membrane performance in identified application areas. The most promising materials and applications will be selected for intensive development in the final two years of the five year programme. Intellectual property arising from the programme will be exploited as appropriate through UoM's technology transfer company and with suitable partners
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