Joseph A. Swisher

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Selected metal-organic frameworks exhibiting representative properties--high surface area, structural flexibility, or the presence of open metal cation sites--were tested for utility in the separation of CO(2) from H(2) via pressure swing adsorption. Single-component CO(2) and H(2) adsorption isotherms were measured at 313 K and pressures up to 40 bar for(More)
During the formation of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), metal centres can coordinate with the intended organic linkers, but also with solvent molecules. In this case, subsequent activation by removal of the solvent molecules creates unsaturated 'open' metal sites known to have a strong affinity for CO(2) molecules, but their interactions are still poorly(More)
One of the main bottlenecks to deploying large-scale carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) in power plants is the energy required to separate the CO(2) from flue gas. For example, near-term CCS technology applied to coal-fired power plants is projected to reduce the net output of the plant by some 30% and to increase the cost of electricity by 60-80%.(More)
We determined the heterogeneous mesoscale spatial apportionment of functional groups in a series of multivariate metal-organic frameworks (MTV-MOF-5) containing BDC (1,4-benzenedicarboxylate) linkers with different functional groups--B (BDC-NH2), E (BDC-NO2), F [(BDC-(CH3)2], H [BDC-(OC3H5)2], and I [BDC-(OC7H7)2]--using solid-state nuclear magnetic(More)
The kinetics of alkane cracking in zeolites MFI and FAU have been simulated theoretically from first principles. The apparent rate coefficient for alkane cracking was described as the product of the number of alkane molecules per unit mass of zeolite that are close enough to a Brønsted-acid site to be in the reactant state for the cleavage of a specific C-C(More)
Large-scale simulations of aluminosilicate zeolites were conducted to identify structures that possess large CO(2) uptake for postcombustion carbon dioxide capture. In this study, we discovered that the aluminosilicate zeolite structures with the highest CO(2) uptake values have an idealized silica lattice with a large free volume and a framework topology(More)
The presence of H2O in postcombustion gas streams is an important technical issue for deploying CO2-selective adsorbents. Because of its permanent dipole, H2O can interact strongly with materials where the selectivity for CO2 is a consequence of its quadrupole interacting with charges in the material. We performed molecular simulations to model the(More)
Crystalline porous materials can be exploited in many applications. Discovery of materials with optimum adsorption properties typically involves expensive brute-force characterization of large sets of materials. An alternative approach based on similarity searching that enables discovery of materials with optimum adsorption for CO(2) and other molecules at(More)
Large-scale computational screening of thirty thousand zeolite structures was conducted to find optimal structures for separation of ethane/ethene mixtures. Efficient grand canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) simulations were performed with graphics processing units (GPUs) to obtain pure component adsorption isotherms for both ethane and ethene. We have utilized(More)
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