Zewail City: New, More Economic Method to Produce CO2 Capturing Polymers

A team of Zewail City's researchers demonstrate a new method to synthesis Zr–carboxylate porous hybrid material, which can be modified to capture CO2, using a simpler and more cost effective method than the already used ones. The paper titled “One pot synthesis of Zr–carboxylate porous hybrid materials: orthogonal C–C heterocoupling and carboxylate–Zr assembly” published in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal (RSC Advances, April 28, 2016).

Zewail City researchers, Rana Haikal, Ahmed Elmansi, Poussy Ali, and Youssef Hassan, led by Dr. Mohamed Alkordi, co-director of Center for Materials Science, successfully constructed Zr-caroboxylate based porous solids that are amenable to accommodate variety of functional groups. These added groups give the porous solids specific desirable characteristics such as ability to adsorb CO2.

“Although in Nanotechnology scientists and engineers have more room to manipulate materials with their sophisticate, state-of-the-art instruments, to guide the assembly according to a pre-made blue print, we as chemists, try to guide the self-assembly of atoms and molecules using our best of knowledge on their compatibility-reactivity, we set the stage properly so that the molecular building blocks can react efficiently, and hope for the best to happen” said Alkordi.  

Center for Materials Science cooperated with Center for Nanotechnology (CNT) at Zewail City to further boost the team’s research using one of the available analysis tools at the CNT, the X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy. At Zewail City various research centers cooperate with each other in interdisciplinary research, defying the boundaries between fields pursuing new discoveries. “At some boundary stage, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology merge together to widen the horizons of both, and this is what researchers at Zewail City are eager to further implement, all of us together, in the very near future,” said Alkordi.