The newly established EuroTech Working Group on Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is launching a biweekly online seminar series: Every other Wednesday, the group is offering a one-hour talk open to all. Join us on 12 May for the third talk:

Prof. Kumar Varoon Agrawal 
GAZNAT Chair of Advanced Separations, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Chemistry & engineering of two-dimensional materials for energy-efficient molecular separation

I will present our work on the synthesis of nanoporous two-dimensional materials such as graphene, graphitic carbon nitrides and zeolite precursors using a number of top-down and bottom-up synthetic strategies. In case of graphene, I will discuss defect nucleation and expansion strategies that allow incorporation of vacancy defects (nanopores) at a high density but with a narrow pore-size-distribution with a resolution of 0.3 Å for molecular differentiation, leading to realization of record-high performance in post-combustion carbon capture. I will discuss mechanical reinforcement strategies that allows one to scale-up nanoporous single-layer graphene membranes for gas separation which has led to a pilot plant demonstration project. Finally, I will discuss synthesis and tuning of gas transport pathways from nanoporous two-dimensional nanosheets and their films that allow facile fabrication of membranes for pre-combustion carbon capture.

With the permission of the speaker, this talk has been recorded. You can find the recording on Youtube.

Practical information

Date: Wednesday, 12 May 2021
Time: 15:00-16:00 CET
Location: Zoom link
Registration: is not required


This event is open to all.


If you have any questions, please contact Professor Fausto Gallucci of Eindhoven University of Technology.

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