Thermal Stability Enhanced Tetraethylenepentamine/Silica Adsorbents for High Performance CO2 Capture

Sunghyun Park, Keunsu Choi, Hyun Jung Yu, Young June Won, Chaehoon Kim, Minkee Choi, So Hye Cho, Jung Hyun Lee, Seung Yong Lee, Jong Suk Lee

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Tetraethylenepentamine (TEPA), consisting mainly of primary and secondary amines, exhibits a high CO2 sorption capacity; however, its poor thermal stability hampers practical utilization in the temperature swing adsorption process for CO2 capture. Here, a facile functionalization of TEPA with 1,2-epoxybutane (EB) substantially enhanced its thermal stability as well as the CO2 adsorption kinetics. Our careful analysis on the liquid-state 13C NMR disclosed the amine state distribution of EB-functionalized TEPA (EB-TEPA). Although the increase in tertiary amine portion induced by EB-functionalization reduced CO2 sorption capacity, the 0.64EB-TEPA (i.e., TEPA functionalized with EB with a TEPA/EB molar ratio of 1:3)/SiO2 showed an excellent long-term stability over the 10 consecutive cycles of adsorption/desorption processes with a CO2 swing capacity of 2.0 mmol CO2 g-1 under dry CO2/N2 (15/85 mol/mol) feed conditions. Also, the first-principles calculation identified the configuration of modified TEPA molecules with XRD measurements, supporting an easy access of CO2 into amine moieties of our modified TEPA molecules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4632-4639
Number of pages8
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr 4

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Korea CCS R & D Center (KCRC) (No. 2014M1A8A1049315). This research was supported by “Human Resources Program in Energy Technology” of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP), granted financial resource from the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, Republic of Korea (No. 20174010201150).

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© 2018 American Chemical Society.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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