March 2012

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: Octagonal opportunity for carbon capture

Filtering CO2 from factory smokestacks is a necessary, but expensive, part of many manufacturing processes. However, a collaborative research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technolo..

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Filtering CO2 from factory smokestacks is a necessary, but expensive, part of many manufacturing processes. However, a collaborative research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Delaware has gathered new insight into the performance of a material called zeolite that may stop carbon dioxide in its tracks far more efficiently than current scrubbers do. The roughly octagonal pores in zeolite SSZ-13 are like stop signs for carbon dioxide, capturing molecules of the greenhouse gas while apparently letting other substances through (Fig. 3). The material could prove to be an economical smokestack filter.     Fig. 3. Zeolit

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