a DoE Energy Frontier Research Center


Latest CGS Highlights

CGS's Mission

To develop new materials and membranes that enable energy-efficient separation of gas mixtures, as required in the clean use of fossil fuels and in reducing emissions from industry. Particular emphasis is placed on separations that reduce CO2 emissions from power plants and energy-intensive gas separations in industry and agriculture.

Aim of the CGS

The aim of the CGS is to develop new materials and membranes that enable energy-efficient separation of gas mixtures, as required in the clean use of fossil fuels and in reducing emissions from industry. Particular emphasis is placed on:
  • Separations that reduce CO2 emissions from power plants
  • Energy-intensive gas separations in industry and agriculture
  • Collaborating Institutions

    Announcements

    Date  
    July
    2018
    MOFs separate chemicals of similar size: CGS research was featured in the latest issue of Frontiers in Energy Research.
    Read a web article: [PDF] [EFRC website]
    November 2017 A Molecular Zipper for Efficient Gas Separation: The DOE Office of Science recently published a highlight about the CGS research in cooperative CO capture materials.
    Read a web article: [PDF] [DOE BES website], [PDF] [Newswise website]
    November
    2017
    Helping Membranes Perform Under Pressure: CGS research was featured in the latest issue of Frontiers in Energy Research.
    Read a web article: [PDF] [EFRC website]
    September
    2017
    Hints from hemoglobin lead to better carbon monoxide storage: Scientists at Berkeley and University of Turin designed a MOF for cooperative CO adsorption.
    Read a paper: [PDF] [Nature website]
    Learn more: Berkeley NEWS [PDF], APS Science Highlights [PDF]
    July
    2017
    EFRC newsletter: The latest issue of Frontiers in Energy Research is now available, and Stephen Meckler provided a comprehensive and thoughtful article. [PDF]
    July
    2017
    2017 All-Hands Meeting
    Date: December 4-5, 2017
    Location: DoubleTree Hilton at the Berkeley Marina
    June
    2017
    Efrem Braun (Smit group) has won the 2017 AIChE Separations Division Graduate Student Award in the Adsorption and Ion Exchange Area. [AIChE website]
    March
    2017
    The CGS team participated in the College & Career Day at Berkeley Arts Magnet elementary school on March 10.
    November
    2016
    Carbon Capture and Storage: Carbon Capture and Storage themed issue, Faraday Discussions. [RSC website]
    September
    2016
    Evok Innovations Announces First Round of Investments: Mosaic Materials, which is working to commercialize materials initially discovered in the CGS, is selected as one of five cleantech companies. [PDF]
    September
    2016
    EFRC Program Booklet: BES has recently published a booklet that summarizes the history and mission of the EFRC program and highlights the accomplishments since 2009. [PDF]
    June
    2016
    2016 All-Hands Meeting
    Date: November 8-9, 2016
    Location: DoubleTree Hilton at the Berkeley Marina
    April
    2015
    Materials Science: The Hole Story (Nature: News Feature, 520, 148-150, April 8, 2015)
    March
    2015
    Materials Chemistry: Cooperative Carbon Capture (Nature News & Views, 519, 294-295, March 19, 2015)
    March
    2015
    Porous Crystal Supersuckers Capture Carbon (IEEE Spectrum, March 18, 2015)
    March
    2015
    New Material Captures Carbon at Half the Energy Cost (Phys.org, March 11, 2015)
    March
    2015
    New Material Captures Carbon at Half the Energy Cost (Science Daily, March 11, 2015)
    March
    2015
    New Material Captures Carbon at Half the Energy Cost (Scicasts, March 11, 2015)
    March
    2015
    A Better Way To Scrub CO2 (Science 2.0, March 19, 2015)
    March
    2015
    A Better Way of Scrubbing CO2 (Newswise, March 17, 2015)
    March
    2015
    A Better Way of Scrubbing CO2 (Lab Manager, March 19, 2015)
    March
    2015
    Researchers Triple CO2-Scrubbing Capacity of MOFs by Appending a Diamine Molecule (Azonano, March 18, 2015)
    March
    2015
    A Better Way of Scrubbing CO2 (Nanowerk, March 17, 2015)
    March
    2015
    A Better Way of Scrubbing CO2 (EurekAlert! March 17, 2015)
    March
    2015
    A Better Way of Scrubbing Carbon Dioxide (R&D Mag, March 17, 2015)
    March
    2015
    Cooperative Insertion of CO2 in Diamine-appended Metal-organic Frameworks (Bioportfolio, March 11, 2015)
    March
    2015
    A Better Way of Scrubbing CO2 (Innovations Report, March 18, 2015)
    March
    2015
    New Material Captures Carbon at Half the Energy Cost (Health Medicinet, March 2015)
    March
    2015
    Material Captures Carbon at Half the Energy Cost (Product Design & Development, March 13, 2015)
    March
    2015
    Cooperative Capture (Nature podcast interview of Jeff Long on work reported in 3/12/15 Nature article)
    March
    2015
    The Proof Is in the Pores (EFRC Newsletter, March 2015)
    March
    2015
    Predicting Cheaper Routes for Carbon Capture (EFRC Newsletter, March 2015)
    December
    2014
    Cover of Chemical Science (Chem. Sci., Dec. 2014)
    November
    2014
    Playing Catch and Release with Molecules (Frontiers in Energy Research, Nov. 2014)
    October
    2014
    New Carbon Capture Method is the Best of Both Worlds (Nature World News, Oct. 2014)
    October
    2014
    Un captage de carbone (encore) plus rentable et plus efficace ? (Enerzine, Oct. 2014)
    October
    2014
    MOF Slurry-Based Process May Revolutionize Carbon Capture (Azonano, Oct. 2014)
    October
    2014
    A Cost-effective and Energy-efficient Approach to Carbon Capture (Science Newsline, Oct. 2014)
    October
    2014
    A Cost-effective and Energy-efficient Approach to Carbon Capture (Phys.org, Oct. 2014)
    October
    2014
    New 'Slurry' Could Make Carbon Capture More Efficient (Climate Central, Oct. 2014)
    October
    2014
    A Cost-effective and Energy-efficient Approach to Carbon Capture (e! Science News, Oct. 2014)
    October
    2014
    A Cost-effective and Energy-efficient Approach to Carbon Capture (Science Daily, Oct. 2014)
    October
    2014
    A Cost-effective and Energy-efficient Approach to Carbon Capture (USA News, Oct. 2014)
    October
    2014
    A Cost-effective and Energy-efficient Approach to Carbon Capture with MOFs (Nanowerk, Oct. 2014)
    September
    2014
    New Sorbents for Greener Cooling (C&EN, Sept. 2014)
    June
    2014
    An Inside Look at a MOF in Action (ALS Highlight, June 2014)
    April
    2014
    MOFs (MRS-TV video, April 2014)
    December
    2013
    Research Highlight: Cage Calculations (Nature Chemistry, Dec. 2013)
    August
    2013
    New method predicts adsorption in carbon dioxide-scrubbing materials (R&D Magazine, Aug. 2013)
    August
    2013
    Cover of Advanced Materials (Adv. Mat., Aug. 2013)
    June
    2013
    Cover of the Journal of Physical Chemistry C (J. Phys. Chem. C, June 2013)
    May
    2013
    Material That Sorts Molecules by Shape Could Lower the Price of Gas (MIT Technology Review, May 2013)
    April
    2013
    Researchers discover materials to transform methane into fuel (The Daily Californian, April 2013)
    April
    2013
    Methane-gobbling material found, scientists say (NBC News, April 2013)
    April
    2013
    Inside back cover of Angewandte Chemie (Angewandte Chemie, April 2013)
    December
    2012
    MOFiosos: Berkeley scientists make carbon a structure it cannot refuse (Berkeley Science Review, Dec. 2012)
    November
    2012
    Cover of ChemPhysChem (ChemPhysChem, Nov. 2012)
    October
    2012
    Nanosolutions for Grand Challenges (EFRC Newsletter, Oct. 2012)
    October
    2012
    News and Views in Nature Chemistry: Force fields for carbon capture (Nature Chemistry, Oct. 2012)
    October
    2012
    Cover picture on Angewandte Chemie (Angewandte Chemie, Oct. 2012)
    September
    2012
    Biomimetic And Extreme Surface-Area Frameworks (C&EN, Sept. 2012)
    August
    2012
    Cover of PCCP (PCCP, Aug. 2012)
    May
    2012
    Computer Model Pinpoints Prime Materials for Efficient Carbon Capture (Science Daily, May 2012)
    May
    2012
    New Materials could Reduce Parasitic Load of CO2 Capture by up to 40%, Researchers Say (GHG Monitor, May 2012)
    May
    2012
    New Materials Could Cut Parasitic Energy Costs for CO2 Capture by up to 30-40% (Green Car Congress, May 2012)
    April
    2012
    A Step Up for Separating Hydrocarbons (C&EN, April 2012)
    March
    2012
    New Material Cuts Energy Costs of Separating Gas for Plastics and Fuels (e! Science News, March 2012)
    March
    2012
    Cutting the Cost for Commercial Gas Purification -Theory Leads the Way for a Materials Solution (DOE-BES highlight, March 2012)
    March
    2012
    Carbon Dioxide Catchers (Nanowerk, March 2012)
    August
    2011
    Inside front cover of Advanced Materials (Advanced Materialds, Aug. 2011)
    October
    2010
    Structure of the Week - # 10 October 25, 2010 (ACS, Oct. 2010)
    September
    2011
    Metal Organic Frameworks (CEN Online video, Sept. 2011)
    July
    2010
    Carbon Smackdown: Carbon Capture (Berkeley Lab video, July 2010)
    May
    2010
    Hunt for Improved Carbon Capture Picks up Speed (Berkeley Lab video, May 2010)
    February
    2010
    Carbon Cycle 2.0: Carbon Capture (Berkeley Lab video, Feb. 2010)