Alauddin Ahmed, Assistant Research Scientist in Mechanical Engineering, was awarded a Carbon Neutrality Acceleration Program grant by the Graham Sustainability Institute at U-M for his project on pulling carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. “Direct air capture (DAC)— pulling CO2 out of the air—will likely play a critical role in balancing carbon emissions that cannot be eliminated.”
Ahmed’s project focuses on testing and putting out a list of the most useful metal-organic frameworks (exceptional materials that capture carbon dioxide) for DAC under humid conditions.
“The work will position the team for follow-on research collaborations with other U-M experts and [metal-organic frameworks]-based industrial partners. In addition, the project outputs are expected to accelerate the direct air capture initiatives of the Biden administration under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.”
The full list of CNAP grant awardees and more information on their projects are available here.