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Trinity Chemistry Researcher Secures ERC Award to Develop Advanced CO2 Capture Technologies

July 25, 2019

Professor Wolfgang Schmitt from Trinity's School of Chemistry, and AMBER, the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research, at Trinity, has today been announced as a recipient of the European Research Council's (ERC) Proof of Concept (POC) grant, worth €150,000.

This is a top-up for his ERC Consolidator grant of €2 million awarded in 2015 and brings his total research funding awarded in the last 6 years to over €4.5 million.

The award will be used to explore the commercial applications of a new advanced technology that facilitates efficient CO2 capture from air. The POC grant will enable the development of a commercial, stand-alone prototype that will demonstrate the economic and ecological viability of this emerging approach to atmospheric CO2 capture.

Proof of Concept grants are awarded to ERC grant holders as top-up funding to explore the commercial or innovation potential of the results of their ERC-funded research. Professor Schmitt at Trinity's School of Chemistry, was awarded an ERC grant in 2015.

Through his ERC SUPRAMOL and Science Foundation Ireland-funded projects in particular, Professor Schmitt and his research team have examined metal-organic materials (MOFs) and other porous inorganic compounds. These materials can be functionalised and reveal unique, intrinsic micro- and macro-molecular structures that allow efficient capture of CO2.

The technology that will be explored through the POC grant should have exceptionally low operational CO2 capture costs, be modular and not be restricted to fixed locations or CO2 point sources. As a result, it could conceptually lead to negative or net zero CO2 emissions. (Science Business)

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