CNIE contributes to a new book on ‘Diffusive Spreading in Nature, Technology and Society’

05 March 2018

CNIE contributes to a new book on ‘Diffusive Spreading in Nature, Technology and Society’, edited by Armin Bunder, Jürgen Caro, Jörg Kärger and Gero Vogl and published in Springer.

Prof Marc-Olivier Coppens and Prof Guanghua Ye, East China University of Science and Technology authored a chapter on ‘Nature-Inspired Optimization of Transport in Porous Media’, which discusses a nature-inspired (chemical) engineering (NICE) approach to optimize mass transport for catalytic systems employing porous media, with particular emphasis on the optimization of porous catalysts and proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells.

Click here to read the chapter on ‘Nature-Inspired Optimization of Transport in Porous Media’.

Abstract
Materials combining pore sizes of different length scales are highly important for catalysis and separation processes, where optimization of adsorption and transport properties is required. Nature can be an excellent guide to rational design, as it is full of such “hierarchical” structures that are intrinsically scaling, efficient and robust. In technology, as well as in nature, the performance of the transport systems is significantly affected by their structure over different length scales, which provides abundant room to optimize transport through manipulating the multiscale structure, such as transport channel size and distribution. Following this avenue, the chapter discusses a nature-inspired (chemical) engineering (NICE) approach to optimize mass transport for catalytic systems employing porous media, with particular emphasis on the optimization of porous catalysts and proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells.

CNIE contributes to a new book on ‘Diffusive Spreading in Nature, Technology and Society’