Fast screening of Adsorbents for gas separations of commercial interest

Based on the number of adsorbent materials that will be provided by Xebec Adsorption Inc., a fast prescreening on the adsorbents will be carried out using the UNB’s lab’s facilities and our adsorption group expertise. After the prescreening stage, that will help us identify proper material candidates for a process of interest, a full scale characterization will be performed on the selected adsorbents, and their adsorption capacity, selectivity and kinetics will be evaluated for gas separation systems, e.g., H2, CH4 and CO2. Based on these results, the selected adsorbents,
at this stage, will be packed in bench-scale columns, and their performance will be tested using operating conditions similar to the industrial application. At the last stage, the definitive selected adsorbent(s) will be tested in the pilot scale adsorption units at Xebec Ads. Inc. lab facility
(Located in Hydrogen Institute at Trois-Rivières, Quebec), and the results will be reported to the company to be considered for their commercial needs.

Faculty Supervisor:

Mladen Eic


Babak Shirani


Xebec Adsorption Inc.


Engineering - chemical / biological


Oil and gas


University of New Brunswick



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