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A topologically substituted boron nitride hybrid aerogel for highly selective CO2 uptake

  • R. Govindan Kutty
  • Sivaramapanicker Sreejith
  • Xianghua Kong
  • Haiyong He
  • Hong Wang
  • Junhao Lin
  • Kazu Suenaga
  • Chwee Teck Lim
  • Yanli ZhaoEmail author
  • Wei JiEmail author
  • Zheng LiuEmail author
Research Article


A topologically mediated synthesis of porous boron nitride aerogel has been experimentally and theoretically investigated for carbon dioxide (CO2) uptake. Replacement of the carbon atoms in a precursor aerogel of graphene oxide and carbon nanotubes was achieved using an elemental substitution reaction, to obtain a boron and nitrogen framework. The newly prepared BN aerogel possessed a specific surface area of 716.56 m2/g and exhibited an unprecedented twentyfold increase in CO2 uptake over N2, adsorbing 100 cc/g at 273 K and 80 cc/g in ambient conditions, as verified by adsorption isotherms via the multipoint Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method. Density functional theory calculations were performed to give hints on the mechanism of such high selectivity of CO2 over N2 adsorption in BN aerogel, which may be due to the interaction between the intrinsic polar nature of B–N bonds and the high quadrupole moment of CO2 over N2.


boron nitride boron nitride nanotube aerogel quadrupole moment selective CO2 adsorption 


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MOE2016-T2-1-131 (Tier 2) Singapore was acknowledged. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 11274380, 91433103, 11622437, and 61674171), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China and the Research Funds of Renmin University of China (No. 16XNLQ01). Calculations were performed at the physics lab of high-performance computing of Renmin University of China.

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A topologically substituted boron nitride hybrid aerogel for highly selective CO2 uptake


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Govindan Kutty
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sivaramapanicker Sreejith
    • 3
    • 4
  • Xianghua Kong
    • 5
  • Haiyong He
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hong Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Junhao Lin
    • 6
  • Kazu Suenaga
    • 6
  • Chwee Teck Lim
    • 3
    • 4
    • 8
  • Yanli Zhao
    • 7
    Email author
  • Wei Ji
    • 5
    Email author
  • Zheng Liu
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Center for Programmable Materials, School of Materials Science and EngineeringNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Singapore School of Materials Science and EngineeringNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.Center for Advanced 2D Materials and Graphene Research CenterNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  4. 4.Biomedical Institute for Global Health Research and TechnologyNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  5. 5.Department of Physics and Beijing Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Functional Materials & Micro-Nano DevicesRenmin University of ChinaBeijingChina
  6. 6.National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)TsukubaJapan
  7. 7.Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, School of Physical and Mathematical SciencesNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  8. 8.Department of Biomedical EngineeringNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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