Title

Preparation & Synthesis of Vanadium-Metal-Organic Frameworks (MIL-101) for Acid-Gas Adsorption and Separation

Presenter Information

Timon Abraham

Department

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Major

Chemical Engineering

Research Advisor

Rezaei, Fateme

Advisor's Department

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Funding Source

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE)

Abstract

Carbon dioxide (CO2) level in the air is increasing every day, due to continuous emissions of flue and greenhouse gases. CO2 is the major contributor to global warming and oceans acidification. Recycling and resupply fresh air is also critical and sensitive in closed areas like mining, submarines and diving. Our project goal is removing CO2 from the air by developing and synthesizing novel porous materials, namely Metal-Organic frameworks (MOFs) that adsorb mixture of CO2 and different gases and selectively and efficiently separate CO2. Vanadium MOFs are one of the trinuclear transition metal clusters. MIL-101 has the biggest surface area among other MOFs. We successfully synthesized the first batch of MIL-101 after series of lab experiments. We were also able to determine the targeted parameters like concentration and temperature to develop MIL-101. We used vanadium tetrachloride and terphethalic acid dissolved in pure ethanol at 120C for two days to synthesis MIL-101. We are currently working on the characterization phase using SEM, BET, TGA and XRD.

Biography

Timon Abraham is a chemical engineering student at Missouri University of Science & Technology. Summer 2015, He received SULI award from DOE and worked as a Summer intern at Oak Ridge National Lab. Timon successfully achieved his Summer research project at ORNL and is coauthoring on publication. He participated in Chem-E-Car competition team in Fall 2015. Timon is hoping to graduate a professional chemical engineer and find a job in product and process development.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Award

Engineering oral presentation, Second place

Location

Turner Room

Presentation Date

11 Apr 2016, 9:00 am - 9:20 am

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Preparation & Synthesis of Vanadium-Metal-Organic Frameworks (MIL-101) for Acid-Gas Adsorption and Separation

Turner Room

Carbon dioxide (CO2) level in the air is increasing every day, due to continuous emissions of flue and greenhouse gases. CO2 is the major contributor to global warming and oceans acidification. Recycling and resupply fresh air is also critical and sensitive in closed areas like mining, submarines and diving. Our project goal is removing CO2 from the air by developing and synthesizing novel porous materials, namely Metal-Organic frameworks (MOFs) that adsorb mixture of CO2 and different gases and selectively and efficiently separate CO2. Vanadium MOFs are one of the trinuclear transition metal clusters. MIL-101 has the biggest surface area among other MOFs. We successfully synthesized the first batch of MIL-101 after series of lab experiments. We were also able to determine the targeted parameters like concentration and temperature to develop MIL-101. We used vanadium tetrachloride and terphethalic acid dissolved in pure ethanol at 120C for two days to synthesis MIL-101. We are currently working on the characterization phase using SEM, BET, TGA and XRD.