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3D Printed Polymer Composites for CO2 Capture

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posted on 2019-11-20, 01:29 authored by Du Nguyen, Maxwell Murialdo, Katherine Hornbostel, Simon Pang, Congwang Ye, William Smith, Sarah Baker, William Bourcier, Jennifer Knipe, Roger Aines, Joshuah Stolaroff
We have developed polymer composite inks that may be three-dimensionally (3D) printed to produce new reactor designs for CO2 capture. These inks are composed of solid sodium carbonate particles dispersed within an uncured silicone and are printed using direct ink writing (DIW). After printing, the silicone is cured, and the structures are hydrated to form aqueous sodium carbonate domains dispersed throughout the silicone. These domains enable high CO2 absorption rates by creating domains with a high surface area of the solvent per unit volume in the printed structures. These results demonstrate an order-of-magnitude improvement in CO2 absorption rates relative to a liquid pool of sodium carbonate. The results from this class of composite inks demonstrate the potential for the use of 3D printing to shape new and advanced CO2 capture reactors.