Heteroatom-Modified and Compacted Zeolite-Templated Carbons for Gas Storage

Recipient Montana State University (PI: Nick Stadie)

Abstract The objectives of this project are to modify an existing material, zeolite-templated carbon (ZTC), by both mechanical compaction and chemical substitution (e.g., by boron and nitrogen) to achieve high density natural gas storage at near ambient temperatures. We expect both boron and nitrogen to result in a higher binding strength toward methane, effectively raising the optimal storage conditions of natural gas to room temperature. Higher densities than compressed methane at 250 bar are expected to be achieved at significantly lower pressures in the presence of optimally compacted and heteroatom-modified ZTC.