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Mridusmita Barooah, Speaker at Catalysis Conference
Department of Chemical Engineering, NIT Warangal, India
Title : Enhancement of CO2 performance with incorporation of amino functionalized filler in mixed matrix membrane


Mixed matrix membrane for gas separation is an advanced technology for the cost effective fabrication of high performing defect-free membranes. Compared to the conventional membranes, mixed matrix membrane prove to be effective for cleaner energy production, natural gas purification and CO2 capture from flue gas systems. This class of membranes, provide synergistic effect on the functional integration of organic matrix (performing within the trade-offs of Robeson’s plot) and inorganic filler materials (performing beyond the Robeson’s plot based trade-offs).  The broad domain of MMM research and development devotes towards selection of appropriate materials, defect-free inexpensive fabrication techniques and characterization for simulated and real world application scenarios. The efficient large-scale uses depend comprehensively on the development of highly compatible polymer-filler interface without any defects or interfacial voids. Usually, its observed that for poor phase boundary interaction, the CO2 separation performance shows declined results. To address this issue, addition of modifying agents plays a pivotal role in improving the gas transport performance (CO2 permeability as well as CO2/N2 selectivity). A critical discussion on the fillers used and its consecutive modification has been discussed in detail in this following work. The influence of these material on the overall physicochemical property of the membrane material has been discussed in detail.


Dr. Mridusmita Barooah did her graduation in Chemical Engineering from Assam Engineering College, Guwahati, Assam in 2012. Thereafter, she worked as Project Scientist in DST sponsored projects, Government of India from CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati. She then joined the research group of Dr. Bishnupada Mandal, Senior Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Guwahati. She was awarded her PhD degree in 2019. Her PhD topic was, “Development of CO2 selective mixed matrix membrane for CO2 separation.” She is working in National Institute of Technology (NIT), Arunachal Pradesh as Assistant Professor from July 2019 upto present. She has been teaching core subjects in Chemical Engineering which include Mass Transfer, Chemical Reaction Engineering, Chemical Process Technology, Process Instrumentation, Chemical Engineering lab. She has 4 International publication of research article and attended many International and national conference along with workshops.