The formation of high CO2 loading solid phase from 1,4-butanediamine/ethylene glycol biphasic solvent: Phase-changing behavior and mechanism

Cunshi Wang, Gongkui Xiao, Xiaobin Zhou, Qiuzi Zhu, Yuanyi Chen, Zhimin Gao, Chao Liu, Jianzhong Zhu

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Liquid-solid phase change absorption has been considered a promising strategy for CO2 capture. To achieve efficient and economic CO2 capture in industrial-scale applications, it is essential to understand the phase-change behaviors and mechanisms of the biphasic system. In this study, a blend of 1, 4-Butanediamine (BDA) and ethylene glycol (EG) was developed as a biphasic solvent that can form a high CO2 loading solid phase product (BESP) after absorption. The total solvent loading reached 0.9039 mol·mol−1, with 90.74% of the loading enriched in the solid phase, which only accounts for 51.01% of the total solvent mass. Based on the 13C NMR analysis and quantum chemical calculations, the reaction and phase change mechanism of CO2 capture was proposed. The BDA/EG system absorbs CO2 to generate carbamate species, protonated amines and alkyl-carbonates, which combine each other through hydrogen bonding or electrostatic attraction. The self-aggregation of zwitterions and the high polarity of the absorption products are considered to be the main reasons for the phase change. Alkyl-carbonate species are believed to co-precipitate through organic gelation via van der Waals force with the carbamate or protonated amine. Moreover, the viscosity, turbidity, solid-phase mass, and particle size distribution changes also demonstrate the growth and aggregation of particles during absorption. BESP, identified as a coupling product of carbamate and alkyl-carbonate ([2BDAH+COO-]·[EG-OCO2-]), decomposes at a peak temperature of 127.4 °C. The calorimetric method determined regeneration heat to be approximately 3.17 GJ·ton-1 CO2, indicating its potential for alternative uses rather than direct heat regeneration. Such a biphasic solvent may provide unique solutions for industries to reduce CO2 emissions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number124397
Number of pages14
JournalSeparation and Purification Technology
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2023

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