Exploring the Acid Gas Sorption Properties of Oxidatively Degraded Supported Amine Sorbents

Matthew E. Potter, Kyeong Min Cho, Jason J. Lee, Christopher W. Jones

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Amine-supported mesoporous oxide materials have proven to be effective acid gas sorbents. While the primary application of these supported amine species has been CO 2 capture, they have also shown to be proficient at adsorbing other damaging flue gas impurities such as SO x and NO x . The precise nature of the amine (primary, secondary, or tertiary) is known to dictate the gas-amine interactions, with tertiary amines of particular interest due to their inability to adsorb dry CO 2 , favoring SO x and NO x species. The different amine sites also provoke differences in oxidative stability, when exposed to temperatures similar to those used for thermal desorption procedures. Herein we focus on the structural and chemical changes that occur in a range of class 1 (amine-impregnated) and class 2 (amine-grafted) sorbents upon oxidation and correlate these with their variation in acid gas (CO 2 , NO 2 , and SO 2 ) uptakes, as a function of the oxidation temperature. These studies suggest that oxidatively degraded or "spent" supported amine materials may have possible uses as NO x or SO x sorbents. Specifically, despite oxidative degradation these aminopolymer species maintain a reasonable level of NO 2 uptake, despite losing the ability to capture SO 2 or CO 2 , offering unique possibilities in selective NO 2 capture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1372-1382
Number of pages11
JournalEnergy and Fuels
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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