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Understanding CO2 adsorption in a flexible zeolite through a combination of structural, kinetic and modelling techniques

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  • Maarten C. Verbraeken
  • Roberto Mennitto
  • Veselina M. Georgieva
  • Elliott L. Bruce
  • Alex G. Greenaway
  • Professor Paul Cox
  • Jung Gi Min
  • Suk Bong Hong
  • Paul A. Wright
  • Stefano Brandani
In this study we show how non-trivial equilibrium and kinetic adsorption behaviour in a flexible zeolite can be understood through a combination of experimental characterisation and modelling. Flexible zeolites, such as those in the RHO-family, can exhibit unusual stepped isotherms in the presence of CO2, but their structural complexity makes it hard to attribute a clear mechanism. Here we present a structural and kinetic study on (Na,TEA)-ZSM-25, an extended member of the RHO-family, and show that by combining diffraction data, lattice fluid modelling and dynamic column experiments, we obtain a plausible mechanism for CO2 adsorption and transport in this material. It is evident that by using any single technique, the behaviour is too complex to be readily understood. This is to our knowledge the first study to measure and model the changing kinetics due to adsorption induced framework flexibility.
Original languageEnglish
Article number117846
JournalSeparation and Purification Technology
Early online date7 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021

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