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Title: Ultra-thin enzymatic liquid membrane for CO 2 separation and capture

Abstract

Here, the limited flux and selectivities of current carbon dioxide membranes and the high costs associated with conventional absorption-based CO 2 sequestration call for alternative CO 2 separation approaches. Here we describe an enzymatically active, ultra-thin, biomimetic membrane enabling CO 2 capture and separation under ambient pressure and temperature conditions. The membrane comprises a ~18-nm-thick close-packed array of 8 nm diameter hydrophilic pores that stabilize water by capillary condensation and precisely accommodate the metalloenzyme carbonic anhydrase (CA). CA catalyzes the rapid interconversion of CO 2 and water into carbonic acid. By minimizing diffusional constraints, stabilizing and concentrating CA within the nanopore array to a concentration 10× greater than achievable in solution, our enzymatic liquid membrane separates CO 2 at room temperature and atmospheric pressure at a rate of 2600 GPU with CO 2/N 2 and CO 2/H 2 selectivities as high as 788 and 1500, respectively, the highest combined flux and selectivity yet reported for ambient condition operation.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [2];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [1];  [1]; ORCiD logo [2];  [1]
  1. Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (United States)
  2. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
  3. Angstrom Thin Film Technologies LLC, Albuquerque, NM (United States)
  4. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Univ. of Vermont, Burlington, VT (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1481789
Report Number(s):
SAND-2018-12206J
Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723; 669112
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nature Communications
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 9; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING

Citation Formats

Fu, Yaqin, Jiang, Ying -Bing, Dunphy, Darren, Xiong, Haifeng, Coker, Eric, Chou, Stanley S., Zhang, Hongxia, Vanegas, Juan M., Croissant, Jonas G., Cecchi, Joseph L., Rempe, Susan B., and Brinker, C. Jeffrey. Ultra-thin enzymatic liquid membrane for CO2 separation and capture. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-03285-x.
Fu, Yaqin, Jiang, Ying -Bing, Dunphy, Darren, Xiong, Haifeng, Coker, Eric, Chou, Stanley S., Zhang, Hongxia, Vanegas, Juan M., Croissant, Jonas G., Cecchi, Joseph L., Rempe, Susan B., & Brinker, C. Jeffrey. Ultra-thin enzymatic liquid membrane for CO2 separation and capture. United States. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-03285-x
Fu, Yaqin, Jiang, Ying -Bing, Dunphy, Darren, Xiong, Haifeng, Coker, Eric, Chou, Stanley S., Zhang, Hongxia, Vanegas, Juan M., Croissant, Jonas G., Cecchi, Joseph L., Rempe, Susan B., and Brinker, C. Jeffrey. Wed . "Ultra-thin enzymatic liquid membrane for CO2 separation and capture". United States. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-03285-x. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1481789.
@article{osti_1481789,
title = {Ultra-thin enzymatic liquid membrane for CO2 separation and capture},
author = {Fu, Yaqin and Jiang, Ying -Bing and Dunphy, Darren and Xiong, Haifeng and Coker, Eric and Chou, Stanley S. and Zhang, Hongxia and Vanegas, Juan M. and Croissant, Jonas G. and Cecchi, Joseph L. and Rempe, Susan B. and Brinker, C. Jeffrey},
abstractNote = {Here, the limited flux and selectivities of current carbon dioxide membranes and the high costs associated with conventional absorption-based CO2 sequestration call for alternative CO2 separation approaches. Here we describe an enzymatically active, ultra-thin, biomimetic membrane enabling CO2 capture and separation under ambient pressure and temperature conditions. The membrane comprises a ~18-nm-thick close-packed array of 8 nm diameter hydrophilic pores that stabilize water by capillary condensation and precisely accommodate the metalloenzyme carbonic anhydrase (CA). CA catalyzes the rapid interconversion of CO2 and water into carbonic acid. By minimizing diffusional constraints, stabilizing and concentrating CA within the nanopore array to a concentration 10× greater than achievable in solution, our enzymatic liquid membrane separates CO2 at room temperature and atmospheric pressure at a rate of 2600 GPU with CO2/N2 and CO2/H2 selectivities as high as 788 and 1500, respectively, the highest combined flux and selectivity yet reported for ambient condition operation.},
doi = {10.1038/s41467-018-03285-x},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/1481789}, journal = {Nature Communications},
issn = {2041-1723},
number = 1,
volume = 9,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {3}
}

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