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Title: Synthesis of size-tuneable CO2-philic imprinted polymeric particles (MIPs) for low-pressure CO2 capture using oil-in-oil suspension polymerisation
Authors: Nabavi, Seyed Ali
Vladisavljevic, Goran T.
Zhu, Yidi
Manovic, Vasilije
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © American Chemical Society
Citation: NABAVI, S.A. ... et al, 2017. Synthesis of size-tuneable CO2-philic imprinted polymeric particles (MIPs) for low-pressure CO2 capture using oil-in-oil suspension polymerisation. Environmental Science and Technology, 51 (19), pp. 11476–11483.
Abstract: Highly selective molecularly imprinted poly[acrylamide-co-(ethyleneglycol dimethacrylate)] polymer particles (MIPs) for CO2 capture were synthesised by suspension polymerisation via oil-in-oil emulsion. Creation of CO2-philic, amide decorated cavities in the polymer matrix led to a high affinity to CO2. The imprinted polymers showed markedly higher CO2 uptakes compared to their non-imprinted counterparts, and the maximum equilibrium CO2 capture capacity of 1.1 mmol g-1 was achieved at 273 K. At 0.15 bar CO2 partial pressure, the CO2/N2 selectivity was 49 (corresponding to 91% purity of the gas stream after regeneration), and reached 97 at ultra-low CO2 partial pressures. The heat of adsorption was below 32 kJ mol-1 and the temperature of onset of intense thermal degradation was 351-376 °C. An increase in monomer-to-crosslinker molar ratio in the dispersed phase up to 1:2.5 led to a higher affinity towards CO2 due to higher density of selective amide groups in the polymer network. MIPs are a promising option for industrial packed and fluidised bed CO2 capture systems due to large particles with a diameter up to 1200 μm and irregular oblong shapes formed due to arrested coalescence during polymerisation, occurring as a result of internal elasticity of the partially polymerised semisolid drops.
Description: This is an open access article published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) Licence, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the author and source are cited. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Sponsor: The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support for this work by coERCe granted by Innovate UK, project Grant: 102213, and Cambridge Engineering and Analysis Design (CEAD) Ltd.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b03259
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/26480
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.7b03259
ISSN: 0013-936X
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