Maren Brooke Thompson
Hometown: Puyallup, Washington, United States
Graduation date: Spring 2026
Additional details: Honors student
FURI | Fall 2023
Moisture-Swing Polymer@textile Composites for CO2 Capture
Quaternary ammonium-containing sorbents have significant potential in direct air capture (DAC) of CO2. In DAC sorbents, the adsorption of CO2 can occur at lower concentrations, which allows for mitigation of global warming caused by the excess CO2 already in the atmosphere. The project investigates the modification of textiles into polymer@textile composite membranes with improved mechanical properties for long-term stability and DAC performance. This is done by immobilizing polymeric sorbents with quaternary ammonium groups into the textiles. Future work includes investigating discarded textiles as a sustainable material in DAC membranes.
Mentor: Matthew Green
Sponsored project | Fall 2023
Maren Thompson’s FURI project is sponsored by W. L. Gore & Associates.
W. L. Gore & Associates is a uniquely creative, product leadership enterprise that has served a variety of global markets for 60 years, and provides innovative solutions that its associates stand behind. Gore established funds to support undergraduate students in the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative program and graduate students in the Master’s Opportunity for Research in Engineering program, and values student-driven research and developing relationships with students in the programs.