A highly efficient and stable solid adsorbent invoking a direct incorporation of tetraethylenepentamine (TEPA) onto the as-synthesized mesocelullar silica foam (MSF) has been developed for CO2 capture. Unlike most amine-functionalized silicas, which typically exhibit CO2 adsorption capacities less than 2.0 mmol/g, such organic template occluded mesoporous silica-amine composites exhibited remarkably high CO2 uptake as high as 4.5 mmol/g at 348 K and 1 atm. Moreover, notable increases in CO2 adsorption capacities of the composite materials were observed when in the presence of humidity. Durability test performed by cyclic adsorption-desorption revealed that such adsorbents also possess excellent stability, even though a slight decrease in adsorption capacity over time was observed.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Topics in Catalysis|
|Publication status||Published - 2010 Mar|
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