Tetraethylenepentamine-modified mesoporous adsorbents for CO2 capture: effects of preparation methods
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Tetraethylenepentamine (TEPA)-modified mesocellular silica foams (MSFs) were fabricated via physical impregnation (MSF-T-x) and chemical grafting (MSF-CT-y) methods. The CO2 adsorption on these TEPA-modified MSFs was measured by using microbalances at 348 K and their adsorption capacities were observed to be 26.4–193.6 mg CO2/g-sorbent under ambient pressure using dry 15 % CO2. It was found that the CO2 adsorption capacities of MSF-CT-y were smaller than those of MSF-T-x sorbents which may be attributed to their higher density of amine groups. On the contrary, MSF-CT-y exhibited enhanced stability during repeated adsorption-desorption cycles compared to MSF-T-x sorbents. This notable enhancement in the durability of CO2 adsorption-desorption process was probably attributed to the decreased leaching of TEPA which is chemically bonded to the surface of MSF.
KeywordsTetraethylenepentamine Surface modification Mesoporous silica CO2 capture Durability
The financial support of the Taiwan National Science Council (NSC 99-2221-E-151-023-MY2) is gratefully acknowledged.
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