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About Yi Hua Ma

My research has been in the areas of inorganic membranes and inorganic materials, as well as their adsorptive and transport properties in gases and liquids and industrial applications, including hydrogen production with CO2 sequestration for Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) and for fuel cell applications. Currently, the research effort in our Center for Inorganic Membrane Studies is concentrated on inorganic membranes for simultaneous hydrogen separation and reaction and CO2 sequestration and process intensification. Specifically, we conduct research and development of Pd and Pd/alloy membranes for membrane applications such as water gas shift reaction for process intensification and CO2 sequestration in coal gasification. Our Pd membrane research has resulted in six US patents and a number of international European patents. Our Pd membrane work has been supported by Mobil Corporation, Shell Exploration and Production International Inc., and the US Department of Energy (DOE). We are working with DOE to develop a framework for engineering design of advanced H2–CO2 Pd and Pd/Alloy composite membrane separations and process intensification. We also work with National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC) to conduct field tests of our membrane modules using a slipstream from a coal gasifier.


Present Director, Center for Inorganic Membrane Studies, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Present James H. Manning Professor Chemical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Present Professor, Chemical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


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