CO 2 Capture from Air Using Pelletized Polyethylenimine Impregnated MCF Silica

Romesh P. Wijesiri, Gregory P. Knowles, Hasina Yeasmin, Andrew F.A. Hoadley, Alan L. Chaffee

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Two polyethylenimine impregnated mesocellular foam silica sorbents (PEI-80a and PEI-80b) were evaluated for capturing CO 2 from 420 ppm of CO 2 in N 2 under both dry and humid conditions. A fixed bed adsorption setup was used to evaluate the CO 2 uptake under isothermal conditions between 33 and 81 °C with a gas flow of 200 mL/min. Under dry conditions, the highest capacity was observed at 46 and 52 °C for PEI-80a (1.29 mmol/g) and at 46 °C for PEI-80b (1.94 mmol/g). There was negligible uptake of CO 2 at 81 °C, indicating possible regeneration at relatively low temperatures. For PEI-80b, the introduction of moisture (0.5 and 2% mol-H 2 O in feed gas) yielded up to 53% enhancement in capacity. Higher moisture levels (3% mol-H 2 O) appeared to be detrimental to the CO 2 uptake. The highest capacity of 2.52 mmol/g was achieved at a temperature of 46 °C and a moisture level of 2% mol-H 2 O.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3293-3303
Number of pages11
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2019


  • Moisture determination
  • Silica
  • Flow of gases
  • Moisture

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