Journal of Solution Chemistry

, Volume 44, Issue 5, pp 934–962 | Cite as

Conductivity Measurements on H2O-Bearing CO2-Rich Fluids

  • Ryan M. Capobianco
  • Miroslaw S. Gruszkiewicz
  • Robert J. Bodnar
  • J. Donald Rimstidt


Recent studies report rapid corrosion of metals and carbonation of minerals in contact with carbon dioxide containing trace amounts of dissolved water. One explanation for this behavior is that addition of small amounts of H2O to CO2 leads to significant ionization within the fluid, thus promoting reactions at the fluid–solid interface analogous to corrosion associated with aqueous fluids. The extent of ionization in the bulk CO2 fluid was determined using a flow-through conductivity cell capable of detecting very low conductivities. Experiments were conducted from 298 to 473 K and 7.39 to 20 MPa with H2O concentrations up to ~1,600 ppmw (mole fraction of water, \( x_{{{\text{H}}_2}\text{O}} \) ≈3.9 × 10−3), corresponding to the H2O solubility limit in liquid CO2 at ambient temperature. All solutions showed conductivities <10 nS·cm−1, indicating that the bulk solutions were essentially ion-free. This observation suggests that the observed corrosion and carbonation reactions are not the result of ionization in CO2-rich bulk phase, but does not preclude ionization in the fluid at the fluid–solid interface.


Carbon dioxide CO2 + H2Carbonic acid Electrolytic conductivity Ionization CCS EGS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryan M. Capobianco
    • 1
  • Miroslaw S. Gruszkiewicz
    • 2
  • Robert J. Bodnar
    • 1
  • J. Donald Rimstidt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeosciencesVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.Chemical Sciences DivisionOak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA

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