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Ionic liquids for energy applications

The long term goal of our research within the area of Ionic liquids for energy applications is to understand, simulate and evaluate ionic liquids for different applications, e.g. gas separation & -conversion, batteries, absorption cycles, etc.

Competence areas


Novel CO2 separation technology

Research field: Thermodynamics (absorption capacity, properties); Kinetics (rate, properties); Process simulation and optimization (Aspen Plus); Energy utilization
Research aims: To develop and apply the novel gas separation technology based on ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents, e.g. for CO2 capture in fossil fuel plants and for CO2 separation in biomass related processes.  

Theoretical study

Research field: Methodology development on interfacial mass transfer for complex fluids with complex solid-surface at mesoscale.
Research aims: Develop a novel method to describe the interfacial mass transfer at mesoscale based on the combination of AFM-Molecular simulation-Modelling.

Theoretical modeling

Research field: Model development and its application in the investigation of mass transfer and process analysis.
Research aims: Represent/predict properties and phase equilibrium; Evaluate process performance (theoretical energy utilization & the amount of solvents circulated) for CO2 separation; Conduct mechanism study on how to achieve high absorption capacity and rate for CO2 separation with ionic liquid-based solvents; To study the nano-confinement-effect on the fluid properties.

Novel CO2 conversion technology

Research field: Theoretical screening, lab-test and mechanism studies.
Research aims: To develop novel CO2 conversion technologies with electro-reduction, where ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents are developed; To clarify the intrinsic mechanism based on advanced experimental characterization and computer modelling.

Technology evaluation

Research field: Process simulation, performance evaluation and comparison for gas separation based on Aspen Plus combined with pilot-testing.
Research aims: Screen proper solvent and process for specific gas separation with the consideration of up- and down-stream conditions; Evaluate the performance of different solvents/technologies for a specific gas separation process.

Sustainable batteries

Research field: Theoretical study, lab-test, and mechanism study.
Research aims: To develop novel electrolytes based on ionic