Polymer-reinforced graphene oxide monoliths for catalytic support

In the Supercritical Fluids and Functional Materials Research Group (ICMAB-CSIC) we are developing new composite aerogels of graphene oxide reinforced with polymeric materials. With incorporating polymers/plastics mechanically robust, monolithic catalyst supports are developed. The new structure is able to withstand the mechanical forces (turbulences, bubbling) occurring during liquid phase catalytic reactions. This feature enables to use this catalyst in a novel reaction set-up. The aim is to use the reinforced monoliths composed with  metal NPs in CO2 hydrogenation reaction to produce methanol.

Testing the mechanical properties of graphene-oxide – polymers monolithic composites in aqueous condition

Image of one of the mechanical tests of monolithic compounds