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NAnostructured Surface Activated ultra-thin Oxygen Transport Membrane

Objective

The main objective of the proposed project is the development and industry-driven evaluation of highly stable and highly oxygen-permeable nano-structured oxygen transport membrane (OTM) assemblies with infinite selectivity for oxygen separation from air. The new approach proposed to reach this objective is the development of ultra thin membrane layers by e.g. CVD, PVD or Sol-Gel techniques with catalytic activation of the surfaces. This approach is supposed to make available highly stable membrane materials, which are currently out of discussion as the oxygen permeation measured on thick membranes is too low. Sufficiently high oxygen fluxes shall be obtained by (i) ultra thin membrane layers on porous supports to minimize diffusion barriers; (ii) catalytic surface activation to overcome slow surface exchange/reaction kinetics; and (iii) thin-film nano-structuring, generating new diffusion paths through the grain boundaries in a nano-crystalline matrix. The membrane development is supported by thermo-mechanical modelling as well as atomistic modelling of transport properties. The produced oxygen is provided to Oxyfuel power plants or chemical processes such as oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) to higher hydrocarbons or HCN synthesis, which will contribute in a way to the mitigation of CO2 emissions. Oxyfuel power plants combust fuels using pure oxygen forming primarily CO2 and H2O making it much easier and cheaper to capture the CO2 than by using air. The major advantages of OTM are significantly lower efficiency losses than conventional technologies and the in principle infinite oxygen selectivity. OCM produces higher hydrocarbons directly without forming CO2 and HCN synthesis can be improved by process intensification resulting in energy and subsequent CO2 savings.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/hydrocarbons
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2008-SMALL-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 993 758
Administrative Contact
Anne Bosch (Ms.)

Participants (7)

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 688 041
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pernille H. Touborg (Ms.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 448 280
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carlos Manuel Abad Ruiz (Mr.)
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 336 526
Address
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Juergen Caro (Prof.)
LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATES CIETVIELU FIZIKAS INSTITUTS
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 193 777
Address
Kengaraga Iela 8
LV-1063 Riga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anastasija Jozepa (Ms.)
BASF SE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 377 081
Address
Carl Bosch Strasse 38
67063 Ludwigshafen Am Rhein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Roeper (Prof.)
INSTALACIONES INABENSA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 162 900
Address
Calle Energia Solar 1 Campus Palmas Altas
41014 Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria Perez (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Australia
Address
St Lucia
4072 Brisbane
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joao Carlos Diniz Da Costa (Prof.)