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A discovery tool for accelerated adsorption-diffraction analysis of dynamic adsorbents in gas separation

Project description

Optimising advanced materials for gas separation is about to get much simpler

Processes that happen on the scale of individual molecules and even smaller dimensions are integral to everything from DNA replication to gas separation. Acquiring more knowledge on them will not only enhance our fundamental understanding but also spur innovation, leading to applications of industrial and societal importance. Often the cutting-edge instrumentation or computing power required to measure and analyse parameters is inaccessible to many innovators. The EU-funded DYNADIFF project is tackling this critical roadblock to the development of porous adsorbents for gas separation. Providing an accessible tool for discovery that eliminates the current requirement for synchrotron experiments could usher in a new era of progress.


Synchrotron instrumentation plays a key role in the discovery of novel high performance materials. However, their application is limited to beam time available at large synchrotron facilities. The transfer of synchrotron based methods to a wider market of laboratory instrumentation poses significant market potential for SMEs and promotes accelerated materials discovery in industry. Responsive porous materials such as metal-organic frameworks are already recognized as highly selective adsorbents suitable to revolutionize separation processes by replacing established cryogenic distillation equipment in terms of enhanced energy efficiency and lower CO2 footprint. To unlock the potential of responsive porous adsorbents, industrial research departments, research institutes and academic institutions require advanced tools for analyzing dynamic solids in situ in the presence of gas mixtures in parallel to measuring mixture adsorption isotherms and diffraction patterns. DYNADIFF focuses on the development of an advanced adsorption chamber for parallelized (in situ) adsorption-diffraction analytics suitable for laboratory diffractometer adaption. The successful project completion will enable the commercialization of an advanced in situ instrument at reduced cost for laboratory use to promote the accelerated discovery and analysis of novel porous materials for highly selective and energy efficient gas separation processes and improved energy storage.

Host institution

Net EU contribution
€ 150 000,00
01069 Dresden

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Sachsen Dresden Dresden, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
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