CO2 adsorption on zeolite 13X modified with hydrophobic octadecyltrimethoxysilane for indoor application

Minjae Kim, Jae Won Lee, Seonggon Kim, Yong Tae Kang

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Hydrophobic-coated zeolite 13X (HZ) with octadecyltrimethoxysilane (ODTMS) exhibits a higher humidity resistance and CO2-adsorption capacity than pristine zeolite 13X in indoor-simulating low–CO2–concentration conditions. The hydrophobic coating modifies the surface characteristics and adsorption tendency of CO2 and H2O, and these changes affect the gas selectivity for adsorption. Characteristic analysis (BET, TGA, and DVS) confirmed the rationality behind the use of zeolite@20 wt%ODTMS (HZ-2) for optimal loading of the hydrophobic coating under other experimental conditions. CO2 and moisture adsorption capacities of HZ-2 decreased by 15% (from 4.0 mmolCO2/g to 3.4 mmolCO2/g) to 44.1% (from 5.5 mmolH2O/g to 3.3 mmolH2O/g) under pure-gas conditions, respectively. The moisture resistance developed by the hydrophobic coating improves the CO2 selectivity in ambient-air conditions; this was tested in an indoor-condition-simulating chamber. The CO2-capture performance of HZ-2 increased by 33.3% (from 0.3 mmolCO2/g to 0.4 mmolCO2/g) and the moisture-adsorption capacity decreased by 41.6% (from 3.3 mmolH2O/g to 1.9 mmolH2O/g). Furthermore, the CO2 gas selectivity of hydrophobic coated zeolite increased by 4.1 times. This modified synthesis provides a broader perspective on adsorbents for the utilization of CO2-capture in indoor conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number130597
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Feb 20

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government ( MSIT ) (No. 2020R1A5A1018153 ).

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  • CO adsorption
  • CO selectivity
  • Hydrophobic coating
  • Indoor application
  • Moisture resistance
  • Zeolite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Strategy and Management


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