CCST Seminar: Dan Zhao

National University of Singapore



Dr. Dan Zhao obtained his BS (2003) and MS (2006) in Polymer Chemistry and Physics from Zhejiang University, and PhD (2010) in Inorganic Chemistry from Texas A&M University. After finishing his postdoctoral training at Argonne National Laboratory, he joined the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at National University of Singapore in July 2012 as an Assistant Professor. His research interests include advanced porous materials and membranes with the applications in clean energy and environmental sustainability.



"Engineering Applications of Advanced Porous Materials"

The recent decade has witnessed the booming development of advanced porous materials (APMs) such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), covalent organic frameworks (COFs), etc. Unlike their conventional counterparts (e.g., silica, activated carbon, zeolite), APMs have crystalline structures, uniform yet tunable pore size, and versatile chemical compositions suitable for various modifications. Born in the labs of synthetic chemists, APMs have become a frontier in material research with huge potentials in various applications including storage, separation, sensing, catalysis, etc. However, several engineering issues remain to be resolved before their large-scale utilization, such as stability, cost, and system integration. In this talk, I will present our exploration in the engineering applications of APMs, with a focus on the development of water-stable Zr MOFs as adsorbent materials for postcombustion CO2 capture. In addition, I will introduce our membrane studies for gas separation and water purification, emphasizing polycrystalline Zr MOF membranes and ultrathin membranes containing two-dimensional MOF and COF nanosheets.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 10:00am

Colburn Lab, 366 CLB
University of Delaware- Colburn Lab, University of Delaware, 150 Academy St, Newark, DE 19716-3196, USA

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