CNRS is a public organisation for scientific and technological research and is under the authority of the French Ministry for Research. It is also the largest fundamental research organisation in Europe. Measured by the amount of human and material resources it commits to scientific research or by the great range of disciplines in which its scientists carry on their work, the CNRS is clearly the hub of research activity and technological innovation.
IRCELYON (Research Institute for Catalysis and Environment of Lyon) was founded in 2007 and is the largest national department devoted to the development of catalytic and environmental remediation processes. The “Engineering from material to process” (ENG) team (~10 permanent staffs and 20-25 students) at the center of this project has already gained a large experience of materials and process development in the frame of European projects
The development of MOF as adsorbent for CO2 capture from Natural Gas was initiated in 2005 in the frame of the Integrated Project “TopCombi” (FP7). Synthesis Upscaling and Shaping technologies have been developed in the EU H2020 project ProDia which lead to the successful demonstration of HKUST-1 and UiO-66 pilot manufacture. This experience and expertise in MOF synthesis, functionalization, characterization and adsorption ideally matches the work proposed within the AMBHER project. In addition, the background in Chemical Engineering and pilot testing will allow designing suitable materials from start for real process conditions, thus ensuring key issues such as scale-up, shaping and conditioning among others. Finally, the consortium will benefit of numbers of testing facilities for adsorption measurements and characterization.
Role in AMBHER
Dr. David Farrusseng (M) is heading the group ENG and in charge of activities concerning i) the development of new porous materials, and ii) applications in adsorption and catalytic processes. His contribution for the application of MOF to adsorption and catalysis is acknowledged at the international level. He is co-author of more than 100 papers on related subjects and was awarded by the IACS Award in 2016.