Impregnation of hydrotalcite with NaNO3 for enhanced high-temperature CO2 sorption uptake

Suji Kim, Ki Bong Lee

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Impregnation with alkali metals is a convenient and attractive way to enhance the CO2 sorption uptake of hydrotalcite. In this study, NaNO3 was used as a novel alkali metal precursor to increase the basicity of commercial hydrotalcite. Also, the influence of NaNO3 on the structural and textural properties and the CO2 sorption performance were investigated for hydrotalcites having different Mg:Al molar ratios. The change in the pore structure after impregnation with NaNO3 was investigated by N2 adsorption–desorption analysis, and the crystalline structures of hydrotalcites with different Mg:Al molar ratios were compared using X-ray diffraction. Because of the basicity increase caused by introducing NaNO3, enhanced CO2 sorption uptake was obtained for the hydrotalcites, and the hydrotalcite containing 30 wt% NaNO3 in a mixed MgO and Al2O3 structure showed the highest CO2 uptake of 1.15 mol·kg−1 at 200 °C and 1 atm. The degree of enhancement in the CO2 sorption uptake was dependent on the Mg:Al molar ratio in pristine hydrotalcite. Large amounts of Al2O3 appeared to highly destabilize the functional groups on the surface of the hydrotalcite, contributing to the increased basicity and CO2 sorption performance of hydrotalcite.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)964-972
Number of pages9
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 15

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by “Energy Technology Development Business” of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) Grant funded by the Korean government Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (No. 20182020201260) and the Super Ultra Low Energy and Emission Vehicle Engineering Research Center (NRF-2016R1A5A1009592) of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), funded by the Korean government Ministry of Science and ICT.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Elsevier B.V.


  • High-temperature CO sorption
  • Hydrotalcite
  • Impregnation
  • NaNO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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