Xueyi Zhang

Biomass-derived porous adsorbent materials for natural gas liquids recovery  

Natural gas liquids (NGLs) are hydrocarbons (C2­ and above) that exist in crude natural gas. Separation and chemical conversion of these hydrocarbons is a common and profitable means of valorization of NGLs. Unlike distillation, a dominating separation method in petroleum industry, adsorption is a separation technique that has much lower energy footprint, due to the fact that there is no constant heating to maintain high/low temperature or constant pumping to maintain high liquid/gas pressure. This project aims to convert biomass and biomass derivatives, a renewable feedstock, into effective porous carbon adsorbents for NGLs. A summer REU student will perform materials synthesis and characterization, and adsorption performance testing in this project.

graphic of porous material for natural gas recovery

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Manish Kumar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
REU Program Coordinator
mxk64@psu.edu
814-865-7519

Esther Gomez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
REU Program Coordinator
ewg10@psu.edu
814-867-4732

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