The University of Edinburgh inaugurated its upgraded Carbon Capture laboratory and shared the results with former colleagues and classmates during the School of Engineering’s Alumni Weekend held at the King’s Buildings campus in October.
The makeover provides new equipment aimed at catering for increased research activities by the scientists based there and was made possible by funding from the School of Engineering.
The new facilities will be put to good use by the principal researchers and their teams, including Dr Maria-Chiara Ferrari, Dr Harvey Huang and Dr Giulio Santori, who are undertaking a range of studies into carbon dioxide (CO₂) capture technologies.
Their work includes development of both organic and inorganic membrane materials for CO₂ capture as well as materials for direct air capture of CO₂.
Their results, at the cutting edge of research into greenhouse gas reduction technologies, will be fed back to ongoing collaborations or will be made available to the developers of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects worldwide.
One such collaboration, involving Dr Ferrari and her team, is the NanoMaterials Enhanced Membranes for Carbon Capture (NANOMEMC₂) project funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme.
Research undertaken at Edinburgh will contribute to NANOMEMC₂’s focus on reducing the cost and energy usage of pre and post-combustion CO₂ capture processes by developing innovative materials, membranes and membrane processes.
Dr Ferrari said:
We are grateful to the School of Engineering for providing funding for upgrades to the Carbon Capture lab, which will expand our capabilities to deliver on current and future projects and look at novel carbon capture materials.
Dr Maria Chiara Ferrari and Dr Hannah Chalmers of the University of Edinburgh spoke to the BBC in April 2018 about their new demonstrator at the labs. Listen to the recording.
|Dr Ferrari at the inauguration of the School of Engineering's upgraded Carbon Capture lab, October 2018. Photo: Norbert Radasci/UoE School of Engineering|
|The new facilities at the School of Engineering's Carbon Capture lab, October 2018. Photo: Maria-Chiara Ferrari/UoE School of Engineering|