Advanced Sorbent Development and Scaleup

Capability Title  Advanced Sorbent Development and Scaleup
Laboratory Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Capability experts Pete McGrail and Radha Motkuri

PNNL has both batch and continuous processing technologies for producing test quantities of new advanced sorbent materials, including advanced zeolites and custom MOF (Metal Organic Framework) compositions.  PNNL’s capabilities also include the associated compositional and performance characterization equipment for wide range of gases and vapors.  PNNL has licensed a continuous particle growth technology for sorbent scale-up technology to Innaventure LLC, whose business is focused on providing industrial quantities of advanced sorbents.

Another continuous system that has been developed is based on using microfluidic cells produced with photolithographic manufacturing, leveraging the capabilities in PNNL’s EMSL user facility.

Limitations The continuous sorbent scale-up system is currently limited to the homogeneous liquid reaction conditions and addition of a slurry injection system which allows heterogeneous liquids or solid/liquid systems is in progress.
Unique aspects

PNNL’s continuous sorbent development systems enable larger-scale, higher quality, and more diverse production of MOFs, while cutting costs for commercial applications while also reducing process energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

PNNL’s unique analytical capabilities include in situ Flow Cell TEM and High Temp/ High Pressure AFM for analyzing growth characteristics for sorbent precursors and products at nanometer and sub-nanometer scales.  An in situ XRD Flow Cell has also been developed to characterize bulk crystals during formation.

Availability Capabilities are available for consideration to new clients

Jambovane S R, Nune S K, Kelly R T, McGrail B P, Wang Z , Nandasiri M I, Katipamula S , Trader C D, Schaef H T  2016.   “Continuous, One-pot Synthesis and Post-Synthetic Modification of NanoMOFs Using Droplet Nanoreactors.”  Scientific Reports. 6, (36657). DOI:10.1038/srep36657