Burcu Gurkan

Case Western Reserve University


Prof. Burcu Gurkan is the Nord Distinguished Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University. Her research focuses on deep eutectic solvents and ionic liquids for applications in separations, energy conversion, and storage. She is the recipient of NASA Early Career Faculty and NSF CAREER awards. She is the Deputy Director of BEES2 (Breakthrough Electrolytes for Energy Storage Systems) – a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center. Prof. Gurkan serves as an Associate Editor of ACS Applied Engineering Materials.

2023 ACS Fall POLY: CME NASA Symposium Abstract

Sorbents for CO2 Capture from Air

Abstract Body: Highly selective materials that are stable under a range of temperature and humidity conditions, and regenerable with minimum energy input are needed for CO2 capture from air. We developed functionalized ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents with high CO2 capacities, negligible volatility, and regenerability with various stimuli. This talk will present the utility of these solvents in new material designs such as capsules and facilitated transport membranes for air revitalization under microgravity. Absorption mechanism, transport, and stability will be discussed.