In Silico Design of Metal Organic Frameworks for Greenhouse Gas Capture

  • Hedi Amrouche

Student thesis: Phd


The present thesis proposes to explore the potential of Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework ZIFs for CO2 capture applications in the conditions required by the Pressure Swing Adsorption separations process. Molecular modelling methods, combining Monte Carlo, Density Functional Theory and ab-initio simulations, were employed to mimic pure and mixture gas adsorption in ZIF materials. A transferable Force Field specifically developed for ZIFs materials is used to characterize a large variety of frameworks. Theses studies enable us to better understand the phenomena acting during adsorption process. Thereby several innovative modifications are proposed to enhance the ZIFs properties for CO2 capture and a series of hypothetical ZIFs are designed, characterized and compared to existing materials. The results cumulated during this thesis were then summarized to propose a first correlative model able to predict ZIF properties from a set of solids descriptors. This study enables to guide the structure design to optimize the ZIF properties.
Date of Award31 Dec 2011
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Manchester
SupervisorFlor Siperstein (Supervisor)


  • Metal Organic Frameworks
  • Molecular Modelling
  • Adsorption
  • CO2 capture

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