MSE Research Project Database

Atmospheric chemistry of amines

Project Leader: Gabriel Da Silva
Primary Contact: Gabriel da Silva (
Keywords: carbon capture and storage; combustion and emissions
Disciplines: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Domains: Optimisation of resources and infrastructure

Organic compounds containing nitrogen, including amines, are distributed throughout the atmosphere, where they are removed through oxidation reactions. Surprisingly little attention, however, has been directed towards the oxidation chemistry of amines. This problem is of growing importance as the leading technology for carbon capture from power stations involves amine solvents, which would potentially lead to large new sources of amines to the atmosphere. In this project we are developing the new chemistry required to describe the oxidation of amines in the atmosphere, allowing us to better predict the impact of these under-studied molecules on air quality.

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