Nanostructured membranes for selective toxic gas separation

The global chemical industry is facing a crisis in dealing with polluting emissions and the resulting environmental impact. This PhD programme is focused on solving these problems through technology development. The programme will create novel membrane technology that is specifically designed to actively sieve out toxic gases from industrial emissions. This technology also has a lower energy duty compared to competitive approaches, arising from the straightforward approach of using a barrier material in which some chemical gases pass through unrestricted due to their favourable affinity with the membrane. The membrane technology will be based on polymers of intrinsic microporosity, a new class of polymers that have high free volume characteristics that provide them with unique opportunities to sieve gases selectively. This programme will be focused on the preparation and characterisation of novel polymers and polymer nanocomposites, specifically tailoring the functionality for toxic gases; then fabricating these materials into membranes and testing the resulting technology under industrial conditions. The outcome will be implementation of membrane technology in chemical industries to reduce their pollution problem.

Supervisors:

The University of Melbourne: Colin Scholes.

University of Manchester: Peter Budd.