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Carbon Dioxide Storage and Sustained Delivery by Porous Pillar-Layered Structure Coordination Polymers and Metal Organic Frameworks University of Puerto Rico/NASA Ames Research Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate

Hernandez-Maldonado contributions to NASA projects were also highlighted by UPRM.

Dr. Arturo Hernandez-Maldonado, Science PI, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

Jay Perry, NASA Technical Monitor, Marshall Space Flight Center

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NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014 -15

When we breathe, we take in oxygen (O2) and exhale carbon-dioxide (CO2). Here on Earth, where the CO2 goes isn’t normally a worry, but it’s a different matter outside our atmosphere, in the finite enclosure of a spacecraft. This EPSCoR-funded project at the University of Puerto Rico is examining the characteristics and capabilities of different substances to absorb and store carbon dioxide for possible use by NASA aboard deep space-faring vessels of the future. The team’s most recent objectives have been to study how certain, specifically-structured polymers and meta-organic frameworks can best “scrub” and transfer CO2 from an environment. The data generated can help address fundamental questions raised by experimental studies and provide feedback for further synthetic work towards improving the adsorbentadsorbate interactions in an iterative sequence of experiments. In other words, helping scientists and

researchers working in the laboratory to synthesize the best substances possible for the job. This research project has enhanced and expanded the network of mutually-beneficial research interactions between a multidisciplinary team of researchers in PR and NASA partners at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and NASA Ames Research Center. Identification by NASA of specific challenges to the successful storage, delivery and conversion of CO2 onboard led the UPR team to design all the experiments and test beds accordingly. The project also gained support and an endorsement from the PR EPSCoR Committee maintain Nanotechnology and Environmental Engineering as “thrust areas” for the development of EPSCoR-funded research in the Jurisdiction. And, one of the team’s doctoral students spent a ten-week internship at NASA Ames performing CO2 storage and delivery experiments in a collaboratively-developed test bed.

EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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