Cyclic performance evaluation of CO2 adsorption using polyethylene terephthalate plastic-waste-derived activated carbon

Shuangjun Li, Moon Kyung Cho, Xiangzhou Yuan, Shuai Deng, Hailong Li, Li Zhao, Ruikai Zhao, Yuzhen Wang, Junyao Wang, Ki Bong Lee

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Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic-waste-derived activated carbons have recently been developed and exhibit excellent CO2 adsorption uptake. However, the CO2-adsorption performance of such recycled materials has only been considered on a basic characterization level and has not yet been evaluated in carbon capture cycles, thereby making biased analyses inevitable. Consequently, a whole chain including the material, process, and cycle is essential for comprehensively analyzing and evaluating novel CO2 adsorbents. Therefore, in this study, various CO2-capture cycles using PET plastic-waste-derived activated carbon adsorbents were numerically simulated, the cyclic CO2-adsorption performances were evaluated, and the application scenario was optimized. A methodology for evaluating the cyclic CO2-adsorption performance of PET plastic-waste-derived activated carbon was proposed for CO2 capture. The results suggested that the temperature/vacuum swing adsorption cycle was superior and that its maximum exergy efficiency reached 32.90%.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125599
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Jan 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors are grateful for the support provided by the National Key Research and Development Program of China under Grant No. 2017YFE0125100, the General Program of the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No. 51876134, and the National Research Foundation of Korea through the Basic Science Research Program (NRF-2020R1A2C2010815) and the C1 Gas Refinery Program (NRF-2018M3D3A1A01055761) funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT of the Government of Korea. In addition, financial support from the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to the first author is gratefully acknowledged.

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  • CO capture
  • Exergy efficiency
  • PET plastic
  • Process simulation
  • Upcycling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Organic Chemistry


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