Hybrid Workshop:
Understanding Materials’ Sorption Properties to Address Global Issues

Wednesday 8th March 2023
10:00 am CET | 9:00 am GMT
3 hours incl. Q&A (Online)
4 hours incl. Coffee break, Lunch, & Lab Tour (In-person)
Online, or in-person at Aston University, UK

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Dr. Paul Iacomi
Surface Measurement Systems

Connor Hewson
Surface Measurement Systems

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This Hybrid Workshop is an exciting opportunity to engage leading sorption scientists on some of the most pressing topics facing the field today. Taking place both in-person at Aston University, and online as a free-to-attend workshop, this in-depth workshop will explore recent research and case studies into novel applications of advanced sorption technqiues. Covering heat storage, CO2 capture, exciting new instrumental developments, and more, the workshop will provide an invaluable window into the future of materials characterization.

We are lucky to be joined by two leading experts from Aston University and Heriott Watt University respectively, as well as two members of the Surface Measurement Systems team, to provide unparalleled insight and expertise on the area of sorption science. As well as a live Q&A with each speaker available to all attendees, in-person attendees will enjoy a free lunch, lab tour, EBRI tour, and an opportunity to discuss the days topics and network with your peers.

This free-to-attend event is unmissable for any researcher using or considering using sorption science techniques, and provides a unique chance to meet and discuss with peers in your field. Sign up free now!


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A brief introduction into Surface Measurement Systems, our history, our instruments, and a quick look at the agenda for the workshop.

with Nektaria Servi, Surface Measurement Systems

with Dr. Ahmed Rezk, Aston University

Amine functionalised adsorbents can be used for CO2 capture from streams with low CO2 partial pressures. They have very high affinity for CO2 via carbamate and bicarbonate formation onto the amino groups. Water similarly adsorbs well to these sorbents and can be a blessing and curse at the same time. A blessing as it may enhance the CO2 uptake of the adsorbent by stoichiometric effects or by opening up pores and thereby making more amino groups available for CO2 to react with. A curse since the adsorbed water also needs to be desorbed from the adsorbent during regeneration, increasing the energy penalty of CO2 capture. A good understanding of water adsorption and water-CO­2 co-adsorption is therefore critical to the modelling and design of adsorption processes and to the design of new adsorbents. A key part of this is accurately measuring CO2, water and CO2-water isotherms, which we do using the DVS Vacuum. We will here discuss the results of our studies on three different amine-functionalised polymer resins, as well as lessons learned from using this kit.

with Dr. Mijndert van der Spek, Heriot-Watt University

In this session, Dr. Paul Iacomi will take an in-depth look at novel applications in CO2 and VOC capture using brand new materials characterization instruments. The DVS Carbon is an advanced gravimetric CO2 capture analyzer recently release by Surface Measurement Systems. Offering incredibly detailed results at a broad range of concentrations, the DVS Carbon opens up a whole world of possibilities in analyzing materials for their carbon capture potential.

Paul will also introduce the BTA Frontier, a powerful new breakthrough analyzer capable of measuring coadsorption and kinetics of CO2, water, and VOCs with the need for a mass spectrometer. He will explore real-world applications made possible by this innovative new instrument.

with Dr. Paul Iacomi, Surface Measurement Systems

Join Connor Hewson, Application Scientist at Surface Measurment Systems, to explore how the powerful technique ‘Inverse Gas Chromatography’ can be used to gain detailed insight into the surface properties of a variety of materials. Employed by the Surface Measurement Systems iGC-SEA instrument, the iGC technique can provide detailed, accurate measurements of material properties, ranging from specific surface area to surface energy.

In this session, Connor Hewson will lead the audience through the theory of the technique, and then dive into recent research and case studies to show the incredible applications made possible with iGC.

with Connor Hewson, Surface Measurement Systems

— LUNCH — (In-person only)

In-person attendees will be able to take a guided tour of the ASG Analytic laboratory to see how research is conducted and analysed.

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In-person attendees will now be able to take some time to discuss the workshop with their fellow audience members, and do some networking with like minded peers.

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