Advanced Sorption Materials

EMPA Workshop Advanced Sorption Materials

Applications, Optimization, Characterization

Empa, Dübendorf, Überlandstrasse 129
Tuesday, May 8, 2018, from 9:00 to 18:30

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Porous materials for example zeolites, mixed ionic oxides such as AlPOs and SAPOs, silica gels, activated carbon and MOFs are an important class of materials used in various sorption-based technologies. The combination of hierarchical pore structure control and selection of appropriate adsorbent enables entry and ad-sorption of small molecules on internal surfaces. Such processes are typically controlled by physisorption mechanisms governed by molecular size, polarity and chemical nature of the sorbent surfaces. In some cases specific chemical interactions can give rise to more strongly bound chemisorbed species which are an essential part in the design of heterogeneous catalysts. In recent years sorption phenomena have experienced an academic revival. Furthermore, more and more novel, energy-related applications are being pursued by researchers through systematic tailoring of sorption properties to specific needs such as thermally driven heat pumps, adsorption-based thermal storage systems, hydration/dehydration, drying, purification and separation of fluids as well as CO2 capture.

Target Audience

Researchers, academics, students and professionals working in the field of porous materials, adsorption heat pumps, solar energy, renewable energy, catalysis, nanomaterials, composites, CO2 capture, porous ceramic materials and activated carbons.


The aim of the seminar is to bring together a wide range of international experts on vapor/gas sorption phenomena and make the link from fundamental science to a wide range of applications such as thermally driven heat pump technologies, catalysis and CO2 capture. Lectures will cover topics including chemical tunability of advanced materials, role of adsorbent for adsorptive cooling/heating cycles, stability of materials, microporosity, hydrophilicity, crystallinity, sorption phenomena and numerical modelling of porous materials. Talks with an academic background will be complemented by contributions more closely related to real-life device performance and prototype engineering.


9:00 Welcome
Matthias Koebel, Empa
Vladimir Martis, Surface Measurement Systems

Chair: Matthias Koebel

9:15 Dehumidification and Water Harvesting, Christoph Müller and Thomas Manyoky, AquAero, Switzerland

9:45 Sustainable heat pumps – new developments in adsorption, Walter Mittelbach, Fahrenheit AG, Germany

10:15 Application perspective on sorption materials, Eberhard Lävemann and Fabian Fischer,
ZAE Bayern, Germany

10:45 Coffee Break and Poster Session

Chair: Sandra Galmarini

11:15 Development of advanced components through numerical modelling and experimental
characterization, Andrea Frazzica, CNR Italy

11:45 Adsorbents, heat exchangers and adsorption heat pumps for datacenter thermal management, Patrick Ruck, IBM Research Zurich, Switzerland

12:05 Sorbent oriented process design and optimisation, Mijndert van der Spek, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

12:25 Lunch

Chair: Andrea Frazzica

13:30 Introduction to metal-organic frameworks and their application in separations, Wendy Lee Queen, EPFL Sion, Switzerland

14:00 Customized mesoporous silica particles, Dominik Brühwiler, ZHAW Wädenswil, Switzerland

14:30 Monolithic Carbon Xerogel Sorbents, Lukas Huber and Sandra Galmarini, Empa Dübendorf, Switzerland

15:00 Coffee Break and Poster Session

Chair: Patrick Ruch

15:30 Isosteric Heat of Adsorption Measurements on Zeolites using DVS Vacuum Technology, Vladimir Martis, Surface Measurement Systems, UK

16:00 Speeding up the characterization of functional materials by InfraSORP technology,Michelle Wöllner, TU Dresden, Germany

16:30 Adsorption Induced Deformation – Side effect or Opportunity? Gudrun Reichenauer, ZAE Bayern, Germany

17:00 Apéro Riche and Poster Session


The worskhop is organised in partnership with EMPA – MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

As an interdisciplinary research institute of the ETH Domain, Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, conducts cutting-edge materials and technology research. Empa’s R&D activities focus on meeting the requirements of industry and the needs of society, and thus link applications-oriented research to the practical implementation of new ideas. As a result, Empa is capable of providing its partners with customized solutions that not only enhance their innovative edge and competitiveness, but also help to improve the quality of life for the public at large, true to its mission statement: “Empa – The Place where Innovation Starts”. As part of the ETH Domain, Empa is committed to excellence in all its activities.