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Taking aim at acid gases

A coalition that includes Lehigh, five other research universities and Oak Ridge National Laboratories has received an $11.2 million grant to streamline the removal of carbon dioxide and other acid gases from large-scale energy applications.

The four-year award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will be shared by the Georgia Institute of Technology, Washington University in St. Louis and the Universities of Alabama, Florida and Wisconsin, as well as Lehigh and Oak Ridge.

The institutions have formed an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) for Understanding and Control of Acid Gas-induced Evolution of Materials for Energy (UNCAGE-ME).

Georgia Tech is the lead university for the project. Israel E. Wachs, the G. Whitney Snyder Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is the lead researcher for Lehigh and one of 17 co-principal investigators from the seven institutions.

"I find this to be an amazingly exciting opportunity," said Wachs, director of Lehigh’s Operando Molecular Spectroscopy and Catalysis Research Lab. "This is an extremely impressive collection of researchers from institutions with leading-edge instrumentation and theoretical capabilities."

"I’ve never seen this kind of enthusiasm for collaborating on a project and moving forward with new technologies."

Read the full story in the Lehigh University News Center.

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