Looking into crystal to see the future of carbon capture

(Edmonton) Steve Kuznicki is widely regarded as the world’s leading authority on mixed co-ordination molecular sieves, which are membranes that filter molecules by size through the use of natural and man-made crystal structures. In the oilsands industry, such sieves can be used to separate oxygen from carbon dioxide or mitigate the damaging effects of dihydrogen sulfide during processing.

In the fifth segment of our Helmholtz Alberta Initiative video series we profile Kuznicki, a co-leader of the initiative’s carbon-capture theme, who provides an overview of his research. The Helmholtz Alberta Initiative is a major international partnership aimed at finding solutions to challenges in oilsands and coal production that face society, science and industry. The initiative is now composed of six active research themes: bitumen and lignite upgrading, carbon capture, carbon storage, geothermal energy, sustainable oilsands water management, and mine site reclamation and landscape development. 

Video profiles of the 12 co-leaders appear roughly once every month on the Helmholtz Alberta Initiative site, at www.helmholtzalberta.ca.