Hydrogen Isotope Separation using Metal-Organic Frameworks

Seminar | November 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Stephen FitzGerald, Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Oberlin College & Conservatory

 College of Chemistry

Deuterated materials are used extensively within chemistry research and nuclear power generation. The required deuterium is currently isolated through a highly inefficient process that relies on minute differences in chemical behavior. Recently a new approached has emerged based on the quantum zero-point energy of the adsorbed isotopes within porous materials. In my talk I will show how a combination of infrared and mass spectroscopy lead us to candidate systems that exhibit a selectivity more than an order of magnitude higher than the commercial process. I will also discuss the rewards and challenges of conducting such research at a purely undergraduate institution.

 Light refreshments will be served at 3:50 at The Coffee Lab

 seminarcoordinator-cchem@berkeley.edu, 510-643-0572