CO2 capture by ethanolamines functionalized resins: amination and kinetics of adsorption in a fixed bed

Toni Jefferson Lopes, Cristina Benincá, Everton Fernando Zanoelo, Carlos Adolfo Grande, Filipe Vidal da Silva Lopes, Regina de Fátima Peralta Muniz Moreira, Marintho Bastos Quadri, Alírio Egídio Rodrigues

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The main aim of this manuscript was to investigate the effect of amine (MEA, DEA and TEA) functionalization of high surface area supports (Amberlite IR120H, Ambersep 252H, Amberlite 200CNa and Amberlite XAD7HP) on adsorption of CO2 from gases streams. A saturated factorial design of experiments was initially applied to determine the influence of four amine impregnation variables on amine loading. Except for the amine concentration whose effect was significantly positive on the amount of ethanolamine impregnated in Amberlite XAD7HP (p ≤ 0.05), the other factors had negligible importance. Kinetic experiments of CO2 adsorption were performed in a fixed bed at different inlet concentrations of CO2 and temperatures. The amounts of adsorbed CO2 on the DEA enriched Ambersep 252H, Amberlite 200CNa and Amberlite XAD7HP at bed saturation were ~ 40–400 times as high as those obtained with the same adsorbents without impregnation. DEA enriched Amberlite IR120H and TEA functionalized resins presented small capacities to adsorb CO2 at the investigated conditions, while MEA enriched resins were effective as CO2 adsorbents in the case of impregnation in Amberlite 200CNa. A classical fundamental model described correctly the breakthrough curves for CO2 adsorption–desorption at concentrations of CO2 in the gas feed stream of 1%, 3% and 5% at 40 °C and 60 °C. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1237-1250
Number of pages14
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 1 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Chemistry
  • Surfaces and Interfaces


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