Better and more intelligently formulated CO2 absorbents
Climit financing100 % from the Research Council
Project period2010 – 2015
Improving the understanding of the phenomena of the CO2 absorption process, including the reaction mechanisms. Develop predictive equilibrium models for CO2 absorption based on a mechanistic understanding in conjunction with a minimum of laboratory measurements.
The project is divided into two main parts: i) modeling of equilibria in gas using the extended UNIQUAC system combined with determination of selected equilibria and ii) determination of carbamate formation and hydrolysis constants in conjunction with predictive model development for determination of these constants.
A successful project will allow faster identification of improved CO2 capture solvents.
Prediction of carbamate formation and hydrolysis constants has been attempted using theoretical modelling, however, ambiguous results have been obtained so far . Some correlations have have been successfully made on the basis of pKa . Furthermore, few methods are available in the literature for accurate determination of Keq values for the carbamate reaction. Hence limited information is available in the literature for our endeavour.
Results achieved to date:
A new analytical method (wet chemical) for speciation of carbonated amine solution was developed. The method employs easily available laboratory techniques . The method was then applied to determination of carbonated alkylamine solution samples with increasing alkyl-carbon chain length: propyl-, butyl- and pentylamine.
Figure 1: KHYDa vs. Loading. Loading = ratio of initial [NaHCO3 ]init/ [amine]init.
The effects of molecular structure on amine reactivity towards carbamate formation and carbamate stability was examined . Linear relationships for primary alkylamine carbamate equilibrium constants and decomposition constants vs 15N NMR chemical shift have been established opening for estimation of these equilibrium constants for primary alkylamines .
A CO2 absorption equilibrium model has been developed for primary & tertiary amine solvents based on limited CO2 solubility- and limited NMR data measurements as model input values. The CO2 absorption equilibrium can be described using species concentration values. The CO2 absorption equilibrium model predicts full speciation of the amine solvent .
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4 C. Perinu, B. Arstad, A. M. Bouzga, K.-J. Jens,13C and 15N NMR Characterization of Amine Nucleophilic Reactivity and Solvent Effects in CO2 Capture, Journal of Physical Chemistry B (2014), 118(34), 10167-10174.
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