Quantum Induced Kinetic Molecular Sieving of Hydrogen Isotopes in Nanoporous Materials (2008–2010)

Abstract:
This project aims to investigate quantum effects on the adsorption and transport of hydrogen and deuterium in nanoporous materials, and thereby facilitate development of a process for their separation. These quantum effects arise due to the low molecular mass of hydrogen, and are predicted to lead to anomalous features, such as faster diffusion of the heavier deuterium at low temperatures in nanoporous materials having appropriate pore size, enabling kinetic molecular sieving. Combining a comprehensive program of experiment and dynamical modeling, the research exploits cutting edge science in harnessing the potential of this effect for separation of deuterium from hydrogen.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
Researchers:
  • Professor
    School of Chemical Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
Funded by:
Australian Research Council